Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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Alert: Covid-19 Information

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex is temporarily suspending operations of the Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center. Refuge staff is committed to doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and visitors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational facilities, remain open and accessible to the public to provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

More Information at this link

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program

Atchafalaya Refuge is proposing minor changes to hunt program through the 2020-21 regulatory process. Public comment period will end on June 8th. Please see attached document explaining the changes. Comments may be submitted to Tamar Kavaldjian-Liskey, Regional Hunting and Fishing Chief, tamar_kavaldjian-liskey@fws.gov, by June 8, 2020.

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program with downloadable Categorical Exclusion Checklist

Steps Taken to Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer

New regulations that take effect during this falls' hunt season in Louisiana prohibit the use of natural deer urine that has not been tested and labeled as "CWD Not Detected." More information available at link below.

LDWF Regulations on Deer Urine effective Sept. 1, 2019

Hunting the Refuge

Hunting is a popular fall activity on the Refuge. A self-clearing permit, available at roadside kiosks, is required to hunt the Refuge. For information on hunting regulations visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website at the link below.

State of Louisiana Hunting Regulations
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Exploring the Refuge

The Sherburne Wildlife Management Area offers great opportunities to fish, hunt, hike, birdwatch, paddle, and camp...

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About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana Refuges

Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges.

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National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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