Visitor Activities

It's always a good time to visit a National Wildlife Refuge!

  • Hunting

    Hunting on Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is limited to youth waterfowl hunting. Hunting and fishing regulations can be downloaded at the link below. 

    Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Hunting and Fishing Regulations

  • Fishing

    two children holding a catfish

    There are great opportunities for fishing and crabbing on Bayou Sauvage NWR. Freshwater lagoons, bayous and ponds are home to largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and crawfish. The marshes along Lakes Pontchartrain and Borgne are estuarine nurseries for fish and crabs. Non-commercial fishing, crabbing, and crawfishing are permitted year round; with some restrictions. You may download the refuge Hunting and Fishing Regulations at the left sidebar.

    Learn more by checking out the Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    A raptor on a nest in the forest

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge! 

    Proximity to the City of New Orleans provides a unique opportunity to observe wildlife. Birdwatching is a popular activity. Click this link to see a list of recent sightings and learn more about some good locations for birding.

    Joe Madere Marsh is one of the best locations on the refuge to look for alligators. The lush marsh grasses not only provide excellent habitat for the alligator population, but are also a haven for migratory birds and waterfowl. A viewing area at the end of the short boardwalk offers an excellent vantage point for wildlife viewing.

  • Interpretation

    A ranger leading young people on a nature walk

    A self-guided interpretive trail is located at the Ridge Trail access site. This 3/4 mile loop follows an elevated boardwalk through bottomland hardwood forest and wetland areas. The Joe Madere Marsh site provides interpretive signs along a short boardwalk trail leading to a marsh overlook. For locations you may download a Refuge map at the left sidebar.

  • Environmental Education

    Children in a classroom raising their hands

    Environmental education programs, which allow students to learn outside the classroom, are offered year round on the Refuge. Targeted for various age groups, these programs allow a first-hand encounter with the Refuge’s ecology and wildlife. Classroom visits by rangers or trained volunteers may also be arranged. Schools and other organized groups should contact the refuge at least two weeks in advance for reservations.

    Contact our environmental education staff to check on program availability: or (985) 882-2021.