Features

  • Wildlife & Habitat - Wintering Waterfowl

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    Get your Annual Use Permit, check out refuge Brochures, and apply for a Lottery Hunt online!

    Permits and Lotteries

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    Photo Gallery

    Check out these great photos! Wildlife and habitat of Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge.

    Photo Gallery

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    Blackfork Walking Trail

    This scenic trail winds through the cypress forest and is marked by white diamond markers.

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Visit Your Refuge

Cat Island Welcomes Visitors

After a three year closure due to flooding, Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge once again welcomes visitors. Note: Current water levels of the Mississippi River limit access at this time.

See the News release to learn more

Bald Cypress

Champion Cypress

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is home an impressive bald cypress tree, Taxodium distichum. At a height of 96 feet, a diameter of 17 feet, and a circumference of 56 feet, it is truly a sight to behold. The tree is estimated to be approximately 1,500 years old. Visitors may view the tree by way of the Big Cypress Trail, a .75 mile round-trip trail through a unique mixture of bottomland hardwood forest on flat terrain. Parking is located at the trailhead, which is located 4.6 miles from the main gate. This trail is in a no hunting area and allows only foot traffic.

Learn more about the Cypress-Tupelo Swamp
Friends Group and Partnerships

Friends Group & Partnerships

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The refuge partners with Friends of Cat Island Refuge on many important projects that benefit wildlife, the visiting public and surrounding communities.

Partnerships

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast 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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