Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.


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New Map for your Mobile Device!

Use the QR code or link below to download a geo-referenced map with boundaries that is compatible with apps such as Avenza.

Click here to open the map for download

Refuge Information

Current Conditions- COVID-19

While the Refuge itself remains open to the public, the Visitor Center is closed to public access. Please stay tuned for further updates and stay safe!

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program

Tensas River Refuge is proposing minor changes to hunt program through the 2020-21 regulatory process. Please see attached document explaining the changes. Comments may be submitted to Kate Harrigan, National Chief of Hunting and Fishing, at

Proposed Minor Changes to Hunt Program with downloadable Categorical Exclusion Checklist

Road Closure

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Madison Parish Police Jury has closed Charles Brown Road leading to the Tendal area of the Refuge.

CLOSURE: Charles Brown Road to Tendal

Lottery Hunt Applications & Annual Use Permit

Do you need to purchase your Annual Permit or apply for Lottery Hunts? Visit iSportsman to do it online. Click the link below to visit the website!

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Want to Get Involved?

Join the Tensas River Refuge Association!

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If you are interested in getting involved in refuge projects, think about joining the Tensas River Refuge Association. TRRA is a non-profit group that supports the conservation mission of Tensas River NWR.

Learn more about the Tensas River Refuge Association...

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