Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Capture Wildlife For Science!

    With your camera that is! Join the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Bioblitz and help us catalog the plants and animals of the Refuges.

    About the Bioblitz Challenge 2018

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    Explore Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center

    Enjoy the hiking trails that wind through the grounds or explore interactive displays. Free. Open Thursdays-Saturday. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Learn more...

What's Happening at the Refuge

Cajun Christmas

December 15, 2018 Santa and Mrs. Claus

Arts and crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

More About Cajun Christmas

Download and print Refuge hunting permit

Big Branch Marsh National Wildife Refuge is subject to Louisiana hunting regulations and seasons. Hunters must also follow Refuge regulations and carry a FREE signed Refuge hunting permit.

Download A Refuge Hunting Permit Here

Take a Virtual Hike at Boy Scout Road Interpretive Trail


Explore the pine savannah and marshes of Big Branch on this two-mile long trail from the interpretive boardwalk at the trailhead to an overlook of Bayou Lacombe.

Take a Virtual Hike at Boy Scout Road Interpretive Trail

Attention Young Artists

Jr Duck Stamppromo

Could your work be on the next Junior Duck Stamp? Support conservation, education, and the arts with a Junior Duck Stamp!

Junior Duck Stamp
Get Your Bird On!

Birding Big Branch Marsh NWR


From Swallow-tailed Kites and Brown Pelicans to warblers — find out what birds might be sighted and where!

More about birding at the Refuge...

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Big Branch Marsh 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