Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.



The Shifting Sands of Breton NWR

Aerial photo of Chandeleur islands

Storms, wind, subsidence, and waves are constantly reconfiguring these barrier islands. Hurricanes Rita and Katrina washed over the islands in 2005, removing at least 80% of the island chains' landmass.

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Walk the Beach at Breton Island

View of Breton beach

Blue water, soft breezes, sandy beaches, and shorebirds. A virtual adventure awaits you!

Take a virtual tour of Breton Island here

Attention Young Artists

Two Ross Geese swimming

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

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Breton Wilderness

Breton Wilderness

Colorful beach sunset photo copyright Tom Carlisle

Visitors to the Refuge will find a place of relatively wild character. In 1964 our nation formally acknowledged the benefits of wild places to the human spirit and fabric of our country. That year, in a nearly unanimous vote, Congress enacted landmark legislation —the Wilderness Act— that permanently protected some of the special natural and undisturbed places in America. Most of Breton Refuge is part of this National Wilderness System.

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About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana Refuges

Breton National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges.

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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.

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