About the Refuge


Sabine National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 and is one of more than 560 refuges within America's National Wildlife Refuge System.

The refuge is located eight miles south of Hackberry, on State Highway 27 in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. It occupies the marshes between Calcasieu and Sabine lakes in southwest Louisiana, and encompasses 125,790 acres, consisting of 40,403 acres of open water and 85,387 acres of marsh grassland. This area contains a diversity of habitat including freshwater impoundments, wooded ridges and levees, canals, ponds, lakes, and bayous. Some of the largest wetland management efforts in Louisiana occur at Sabine. The refuge is managed to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and other birds and to preserve and enhance coastal marshes for wildlife and fish.

The 14,927 acre East Cove Unit established in 1937 as part of Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, was administratively transferred to Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in 1992. These marshes are managed as a nursery for brown and white shrimp, blue crab, and numerous fish species. Located in Cameron Parish in the southwest corner of Louisiana, the East Cove Unit is bordered on the west by Calcasieu Lake, and on the north, east, and south by privately owned marshes.