Visitor Activities

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Sabine National Wildlife Refuge has numerous Recreation areas where you can fish, crab or take a hike. Whether you are looking for an alligator to photograph or just a place to stretch your legs, the Wetland Walkway is always an adventure.

  • Hunting

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    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciate of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

    As practiced on refuges, hunting, and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.

    Hunting programs can promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on lands and waters in the Refuge System.

    To find out more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, review the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Regulations brochure.

    Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex Hunting Regulations brochure
    Hunting Regulations brochure - part 1
    Hunting Regulations brochure - part 2
    (Map)

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  • Fishing

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    In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities.  Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System.  Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.

    Quality fishing opportunities are available on more than 270 national wildlife refuges.  Visitors can experience virtually every type of sport fishing on the continent.  From inconnu and grayling in remote Alaska, to snook hovering by mangroves in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, national wildlife refuges offer anglers adventure and diversity.

    For a great place to reconnect with a favorite childhood activity or to try it for the first time, make plans to fish at a national wildlife refuge soon.  Find more information with our on-line Guide to Fishing on National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

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    Sabine National Wildlife Refuge has two nature-viewing trails and a roadside "scenic overlook" viewing area. The Wetland Walkway and Blue Goose Trail receive more than 50,000 visits annually. The Refuge also has several non-motorized boating areas that allow the public to view and photograph wildlife in areas undisturbed by motorized traffic.

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  • Environmental Education and Interpretation

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    Limited on and off site Refuge education and interpretive programs are available for visitors and the community. Refuge staff and trained volunteers provide Refuge interpretive programs by invitation as available. For more information about what programming may be available call 337-598-2216.