Plan Your Visit

Cypress knees emerging from water and overhanging Spanish Moss at Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge photo copyright Tom Carlisle

The Refuges's waterways and wetlands, bordered by a upland oak-cypress-gum ridge, provide an opportunity to view a wide array of wildlife. The Mandalay Refuge Nature trail is a good place to see and hear song birds and perhaps catch a glimpse of a gator. Visitors to the Refuge enjoy fishing the canals and trenasses, and hunting as well.

Phone Numbers/Email:

General Information: 337-828-0061

Law Enforcement: 985-882-2041


Mailing Address:

1725 Willow St.
Franklin, LA 70538

How to get to Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge:

Download a map of the Refuge here. (278 K JPG)

Located approximately five miles southwest of Houma, LA, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 4212 acres of freshwater marsh, cypress-tupelo swamp and man-made canals, and is bisected by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Refuge Nature Trail: This 3/4 mile long out and back nature trail will take you through various habitats to a boardwalk over wetlands and a wetland overlook. Access to trail is located at the end of a gravel service road, .7 miles west of the Refuge field office on the south side of Bayou Black Drive (Hwy 182). Take a virtual Google Earth tour of the Mandalay Nature Trail at this link.

Boat Launch: Cannon's Landing is the nearest boat launch, and is located west of the Refuge field office on Bayou Black at 3663 Southdown Mandalay Road in Houma.

Know before you go:

Most of the Refuge, with the exception of the nature trail, is accessible only by boat. The freshwater marshes of the Refuge are typically inundated each spring by flows transported from the Atchafalaya Basin 25 miles to the west, through the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. May through September can be hot and buggy. Bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and insect repellent.

Motorized vehicles are allowed only on public roads and in designated parking areas.

Airboats and marsh buggies are not allowed on the Refuge.

Download a copy of Refuge hunting and fishing regulations at this link.

Mandalay Locator Map