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Red River National Wildlife Refuge offers many different wildlife-based recreational opportunities, you're sure to find something that suits you.

  • Visitor Center

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    Discover more about the wildlife that calls the refuge home by enjoying the exhibits at the Visitor Center!  You can event print out one of the age-appropriate Visitor Center worksheets to guide you through the displays.

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  • Hunting

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    Hunting is permitted in designated areas on some units of the refuge.  A signed Refuge Hunting/Fishing Permit  must be carried by hunters at all times.  Refer to the permit for refuge-specific hunting regulations including which areas of the refuge are open to hunting.  No hunting is permitted at the Headquarters Unit in Bossier City.  Refuge maps are available for download here.

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  • Youth Waterfowl Lottery Hunt

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    The refuge hosts a youth waterfowl lottery hunt for youth ages 10-15 each year, learn more about the hunt and how to apply.

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  • Fishing

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    Fishing is permitted during certain times of the year at the refuge, a signed Refuge Hunting/Fishing Permit must be carried by anglers at all times when fishing on the refuge.  Refer to the permit for refuge specific fishing regulations.  Lake Caroline is open to non-motorized boats and fishing February-May and August-October.

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  • Trail Walking

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    Enjoy walking over 5 miles of walking trails on the Headquarters Unit in Bossier City as you look for birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, and plants that naturally live on the refuge.  Other refuge units have levees and access roads that can be walked, but are not maintained as trails.  Dogs are welcome on our trails, but please keep your dogs on a leash and pick up after them.

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  • Wildlife Challenge Trail

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    Head down the Orchard Trail (Red Trail) at the Headquarters Unit and try your hand at the Wildlife Challenge Trail, a 0.25 mile trail that helps children learn about and imitate adaptations and behaviors of some of the wild animals that live on the refuge!  Total round trip walking distance from the visitor is just under 1 mile.

  • Nature Discovery Play Area

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    Just a short walk down the Lake Bluff Trail (Green Trail) at the Headquarters Unit is the Nature Discovery Play Area, a small nature-themed playground that includes a tree house, faux fishing boat, balance beams, hollow logs, among other things.  A wagon with building blocks, animal costumes, and magnetic fish can be checked out from rangers and volunteers at the visitor center.

  • Look for Wildlife

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    Some 246 birds can be found the refuge over the course of a year, check out (borrow) a bird watching backpack from a ranger or volunteer at the visitor center and hit the trails to see what wildlife you can spot!  In addition to birds don't forget to be on the lookout for mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. 

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  • Wildlife Photography

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    Whether you have a big lens or if you just have your phone, spend enough time out on the refuge and you just might catch that perfect camera shot of a butterfly drinking nectar from a flower or a deer cautiously grazing.

  • Special Events

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    The refuge hosts various special events throughout the year including our annual Fall Wildlife Celebration on the 3rd Saturday of each year.  For a list of upcoming events checkout the events calendars on the refuge homepage or check out our Facebook Events Calendar.

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  • Summer Camps

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    The refuge offers several summer camps to connect our local children and youth to nature and wildlife.

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  • Group Educational Visits

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    There are several different ways you can use the refuge as an outdoor classroom including several self-guided activities and a limited amount of ranger/volunteer guided educational visits.  Learn more about group visits by visiting our education webpage.

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  • Canoeing and Kayaking

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    Lake Caroline is open for canoeing, kayaking, and other non-motorized boating when Lake Caroline is open February-May and August-October.  While electric trolling motors are allowed, gas-powered motors are prohibited.  Lake Caroline is closed June-July when we band wood ducks and November-January when waterfowl to provide sanctuary for migratory waterfowl.