An Urban Oasis

Wild Near the City - Bayou Sauvage NWR


Against the backdrop of the New Orleans city skyline, a watery wild and a vibrant city meet. The Refuge, established in 1990, hosts 24,000 acres of fresh and brackish marsh within the city limits — making Bayou Sauvage one of the nation’s largest urban refuges. While the Refuge shows the influence of human alterations and development, it also demonstrates that valuable wildlife habitat and wildlife related recreation can exist on the edge of a large city.

Dual Nature of Bayou Sauvage

Hey 4th Graders - Get a FREE pass to the National Parks!


Calling all 4th graders. Get a free pass for you and your family to all federal parks, lands, and waters for the year! Vist Every Kid in a Park to claim your free pass - good until August 31, 2018.

Visit the Every Kid in a Park Website

Birds of the Refuge

A Bed and Breakfast for the Birds


Bayou Sauvage's marshes and waterways provide food and shelter for over 340 species of birds. From pelicans to phalaropes, buntings to buffleheads, there are always birds to see and hear on the Refuge.

Learn more about where to see birds on the Refuge

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS