Plan Your Visit

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Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge offers a wide variety of activities for visitors.  Thousands of people visit the refuge each year to take advantage of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, wildlife photography and observation, and environmental education.  Please use the information below and throughout this website to plan your visit!

Refuge Hours

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors from 4:00 AM to 2 hours after sunset.  

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is open Tuesday- Thursday, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm with the exception of all federal holidays.

2312 Quebec Road
Tallulah, LA  71282

Phone:  318-574-2664


Driving Directions

CAUTION:  Using a GPS navigation system will usually NOT bring you to the Visitor Center.  Please follow driving directions below!!!

Directions from I-20 Eastbound: Exit at Waverly (exit 157). Turn left onto Hwy 577 North. After approximately 1½ -2 miles, turn right onto Hwy 80 East. After approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Quebec Road. Follow Quebec Road for approximately 11 miles and the visitor center and headquarters are on the left. 

Directions from I-20 Westbound: Exit at Tallulah (exit 171). Turn right onto Hwy 65 North and drive approximately 2 miles into Tallulah. Turn left between the courthouse and Popeyes onto Hwy 80 West. After approximately 7 miles, turn left onto Quebec Road. Follow Quebec Road for approximately 11 miles and the visitor center and headquarters are on the left.

Points of Interest 

There are several activities available for the public within the general vicinity of the Visitor Center.  If you visit the refuge during Visitor Center Hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm), come check out our newly remodeled exhibits and view an informational film about Tensas River NWR's history and importance.  From the Visitor Center Parking Lot, take a walk on the Hollow Cypress Boardwalk to the Observation Tower.  Also be sure and take a spin around the Wildlife Drive, a 4.5 mile gravel loop that shows some of our cooperative farming units, moist-soil units, and reforested areas. From the Wildlife Drive, visit the Rainey Brake observatory and public use pier via walking trail.  

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Know Before You Go

In the summertime, temperatures can be extreme!  Be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent, drinking water, appropriate footwear, and sunscreen.  Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to visit, especially during the summertime when temperatures are more moderate and wildlife is most active.

There is no fee to visit the Refuge. However, all hunters and fishermen must purchase a $20 Annual Use Permit. We suggest that visitors refer to our Public Use Regulations brochure which includes all regulations, prohibited activities, hunt information, and a Refuge map.  We also ask for your cooperation in filling out an orange visitor use card so that we can track numbers of visitors and their purposes for visiting the Refuge.  Both of these documents can be found at Refuge entry points.