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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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    Junior Ranger Activities

    Check out some fun nature activities you can do while social distancing!

    Junior Ranger Activities 2020

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    Mandalay Nature Trail

    Explore Mandalay's Nature trail! The trail is at the end of a gravel road .7 miles west of the Refuge office on the south side of Hwy 182.

    View a map of the Refuge

  • Young Boy standing in a boat hunting waterfowl

    Youth Waterfowl Hunt

    Follow the link below for more details about the Mandalay youth waterfowl hunt and lottery.

    Permits

News

Proposed 2021-22 Hunt Opportunities

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The Service proposes hunt program changes for 2021-22. For more information and instructions on submitting comments...

Find out more about the proposed hunt plan here

Hunting at the Refuge

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is subject to Louisiana hunting regulations and seasons. Hunters must also follow Refuge regulations and carry a FREE signed Refuge hunting permit.

Learn more about hunting at Mandalay NWR

Attention Young Artists!

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

How to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Alert: Covid-19 Information

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex is temporarily suspending operations of the Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center. Refuge staff is committed to doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and visitors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational facilities, remain open and accessible to the public to provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

More Information at this link
Refuges Provide Food for People Too

Marshes Grow Our Seafood

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Coastal wetlands are breeding, spawning, feeding, and nursery grounds for over 75% of Louisiana’s harvested fish and shellfish species. Healthy habitat means a healthy fishing industry and good eats too!

More about the value of wetlands

About the Complex

Southeast Lousiana National Wildlife Refuges

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Lousiana National Wildlife Refuges.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS