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


Features

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Junior Ranger Activities

Check out some fun nature activities you can do while social distancing!

Junior Ranger Activities 2020

News

Wild Things 2020 Postponed

Acting out of an abundance of caution and following guidance from the Center of Disease Control, we are postponing Wild Things, which was scheduled for October of 2020. Our actions are consistent with actions undertaken by other community organizations. We understand that people across the community will miss this event; however, we are committed to doing our part to ensure public safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and to provide relevant guidance. We will reschedule when it is prudent to do so. Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex will celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 11-17, 2020 by hosting the annual Youth Art Contest associated with Wild Things. K-12th grade students from across the state are encouraged to participate in this great opportunity. Contest awards will be presented via a virtual awards ceremony that will be held in October. For more information about upcoming virtual National Wildlife Refuge Week events and the Youth Art Contest, visit us on Facebook at @SoutheastLouisiana

More about the Youth Art Contest at this link

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

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
Explore the Refuge

Exploring the Refuge

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

Visitor activities

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana Refuges

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

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About the NWRS

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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