About the Refuge

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Cocodrie Bayou is designated as a state scenic river.

In 1988, The Nature Conservancy purchased 11,230 acres from the Fisher Lumber Company, a subsidiary of General Motors, for resale to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The potential wildlife habitat values of old growth bottomland hardwoods and adjacent forests provided the impetus to purchase the property from its original owners. After acquisition from The Nature Conservancy, Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1990 for the conservation and enhancement of wetlands; general wildlife management as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System, including management of migratory birds; and fish and wildlife-oriented recreational activities.

Today, Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 14,600 acres in east central Louisiana, nestled between Ferriday and Monterey. Named after the bayou meandering through it, the refuge consists of critical habitats within the Lower Mississippi River Valley. It is part of a network of over 550 refuges throughout the country managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for wildlife and people to enjoy.