Plan Your Visit

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Catahoula National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of activities for visitors. Thousands of people visit the refuge each year to take advantage of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, wildlife photography and observation, and environmental education.

Refuge Hours

The Refuge is open during daylight hours throughout the year.

Address and Contact Info

210 Catahoula NWR Road
Jonesville, LA 71343
Phone: 318/992-5261

Driving Directions

Catahoula NWR headquarters is located approximately 12 miles east of Jena, Louisiana. From the Intersection of LA 28 and US 84, turn west on US 84. Follow US 84 about 1.5 miles and turn west on Catahoula NWR Road. The headquarters is about .5 mile from US 84, located in the second building. Directional signs are found along the route.

Items of Interest

Catahoula NWR is open for archery deer hunting from October 1st through February 15th. Waterfowl hunting is allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the regular duck season only on the Brushley Unit. Rabbit hunting is allowed during the entire state season. Additional deer hunting opportunities are available through primitive weapon and gun hunts. (See Refuge Hunt Brochure for more details)
Duck Lake Wildlife Auto Drive
There are many opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography on the refuge, there a 9 mile wildlife auto drive on the Headquarters Unit. There are also two designated hiking trails, and observation tower.
Headquarters Unit Walking Trail
The Headquarters Unit Walking Trail is an approximate 1.0 mile walking trail. This scenic trail winds through the flooded bottomland forest topography typical of Catahoula NWR. Hikers will walk along the trail through mature bottom land hardwood forest and end on the tower