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.


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    Junior Ranger Activities

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

    Junior Ranger Activities 2020

  • View of a boardwalk nature trail into the marsh

    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.



Hunting Permit


The Mandalay individual Hunting/Fishing brochure/permit is now combined with Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto and Delta National Wildlife Refuges brochure/permit into a single, general Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex Annual User Brochure and Regulations 2021-2022.

Download Brochure/Permit 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!

How to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Refuges Provide Food for People Too

Marshes Grow Our Seafood

female blue crab

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


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