Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
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Wildlife & Habitats

A World of Diversity

Black Bayou Lake NWR consists of a beautiful 1,600 acre baldcypress/tupelo studded lake surrounded by swamps which graduate into bottomland hardwood forests and mixed pine/hardwood uplands.

Cherrybark oak, cedar elm, green ash, and water and willow oaks dominate the lower areas while shortleaf pine, loblolly pine, mockernut hickory and post oaks dominate the upland sites.

Wildlife commonly seen at Black Bayou Lake NWR includes: alligators, great egrets, wood ducks, green and great blue herons, numerous songbird species, broad-banded water snakes, red-eared sliders, green anoles, coyotes, skunks, white-tailed deer, dragonflies and butterflies.  The lake supports an abundant fisheries resource.

View award-winning photos of diverse wildlife, plants, people and landscapes by members of Friends of Black Bayou Lake.




An anhinga catching a fish in silhouette against an orange sunset

An anhinga catching dinner at Black Bayou Lake. Photo © Burg Ransom.


Last updated: November 15, 2011