About the Refuge

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"Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so."  

Theodore Roosevelt, 7th Annual Message to Congress 1907


Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1980 to preserve one of the largest privately owned tracts of bottomland hardwoods remaining in the Mississippi Delta. The bottomland hardwood forest contains a diversity of plant and animal species. Over 400 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish can be found on the refuge. Today, the refuge consists of nearly 80,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forests and oxbow lakes. This type of habitat once covered 25 million acres of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Today, the state's largest population of the federally-listed threatened Louisiana black bear lives throughout the refuge alongside healthy populations of white-tailed deer, American alligators, and other native wildlife species. The last sighting of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which is thought to be extinct by most scientists, occurred in the 1940's adjacent to what is now the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.  

Refuge Contact Information:

Tensas River NWR 
2312 Quebec Road   
Tallulah, LA  71282 

(318) 574-2664 Phone 
(318) 574-1624 Fax