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  • Permits

    A boat launch permit is required for all motorized boats launched onto Black Bayou Lake. This permit is $2.00 and can be obtained at a self-pay station at the Boat Launch. A hunting permit for the current year is required for anyone hunting on the refuge. The hunting regulations brochure contains the permit and is available at the refuge Visitor Center as well as at parking areas within the hunting area. Self clearing permit is also required and is available at kiosks in the parking areas on both sides of the refuge. A valid Louisiana hunting license is also required.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits under various wildlife law and treaties at a number of offices throughout the country.  Permits enable the public to engage in legitimate wildlife-related activities that would otherwise be prohibited by law.  Service permit programs ensure that such activities are carried out in a manner that safeguards wildlife.  Additionally, some permits promote conservation efforts by authorizing scientific research, generating data, or allowing wildlife management and rehabilitation activates to go forward.

    Permits are handled by permitting programs in International Affairs (Management Authority), Endangered SpeciesLaw Enforcement, and  Migratory Birds.

    Visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for Special Use Permits.

    For more detailed information, go to How to Obtain a PermitFAQs/Facts or Application Forms.

  • Passes

    As of August 2017, we NO LONGER issue America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes at the Visitor Center. You can still obtain them online or in person at the Army Corps of Engineers Office at 3505 South Grand Street, Monroe.

    Please visit the National Wildlife Refuge System Web site for more information about passes.