Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.

Features

  • QR code Hunt Map 2018-19

    New Map for Your Mobile Device!

    Scan the QR code to download a geo-referenced map of the refuge with boundaries that is compatible with apps such as Avenza

  • Challenge Rotator Pic

    Take the Challenge….

    Have you ever wanted to see what it takes to fish like a great blue heron or hop like a frog?

    Learn more

  • Not a duck Rotator

    When is a duck not a duck?

    What are you seeing when you watch those duck-like birds from the pier?

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  • Giant Salvinia

    Refuge Invaders!!

    Preventing the spread of invasive plants on the Refuge is a continual fight...

    Learn more...

  • Rotator Pic Photo gallery

    Refuge Photo Gallery

    Check out the great photos of amazing wildlife and habitat to view on the Refuge.

    Photo Gallery

Black Bayou Lake

Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency the Visitor Center and Conservation Learning Center is CLOSED until further Notice. The rest of the Refuge remains open from sunrise to sunset.

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program

Black Bayou Lake Refuge is proposing minor changes to hunt program through the 2020-21 regulatory process. Please see attached document explaining the changes. Comments may be submitted to Kate Harrigan, National Chief of Hunting and Fishing, at katherine_harrigan@fws.gov

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program with downloadable Categorical Exclusion Checklist

Fabulous Frogs !

Frogs

As Kermit said, “It’s not easy being green.” Frog populations have been declining due to habitat loss, disease, invasive species, and pollution.

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Blue Goose

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Visiting Black Bayou Lake, the blue goose is hard to miss in the form of a metal sculpture between the Visitor Center and the Conservation Learning Center.

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The Refuge

Pollinators on the Refuge

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In the last several years there has been a lot of talk about the importance of pollinators and their decline. At Black Bayou Lake we have been working to help pollinators by providing more habitat and educating the public about their importance.

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About the Complex

North Louisiana Refuges Complex

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Louisiana Refuges Complex.

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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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