Plan Your Visit


Delta National Wildlife Refuge offers a unique experience for those who travel to the end of the road along the Mississippi River, then venture further by boat to the marshes that stretch east from Mississippi levees to the Gulf of Mexico.

Phone Numbers/Email:

General Information: 985-882-2000
Venice subheadquarters: 504-532-2335
Law Enforcement: 985-882-2041

Mailing Address:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges
61389 Hwy. 434
Lacombe, LA 70445

How to get there:

Delta National Wildlife Refuge is located near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, seven miles south of the town of Venice, Louisiana. The Refuge is accessible only by boat. Refuge sub-headquarters is near the terminus of Highway 23, on Offshore Shipyard Rd. near “the Jump” on the Mississippi River in Venice.  

Directions from Highway 23: Travel 75 miles south from New Orleans to Venice on Highway 23. Boat launches are available at private marinas in Venice. From Venice launch, travel seven miles south on the Mississippi River to reach the Refuges’ marshes, which splay like a webbed bird's foot along the east side of the river.

Know before you go:

The Mississippi River has heavy current and is heavily traveled by crewboats and cargo ships that produce large wakes. Once at the Refuge, many channels and ponds can be very shallow. Be aware and boat with care.

The Refuges’ wetlands are a labyrinth of channels and marshes, which change from year to year due to the dynamic nature of the river system. During the winter, fogs can come in quickly along the river. A GPS is recommended for safe navigation.

Cell phone coverage in the Refuge is spotty, a vhf radio will serve best for communication.

May through September can be hot and buggy, and at all times of year warm weather brings many mosquitos. Refuge visitors should bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and insect repellent.