Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1990 to conserve some of the last remaining, least disturbed and largest stands of bottomland hardwoods in the Lower Mississippi Valley. The refuge offers a variety of ecological niches for wildlife. It harbors more than 150 species of birds and other wildlife – notably a population of Louisiana black bears.

Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings.  

Seasons, life cycles and migrating animals make each visit to the refuge a new experience. There are a multitude of opportunities such as wildlife observation, interpretative programs, hunting and fishing. People of all abilities can explore the refuge trails, which include two fully accessible trails leading to observation decks.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      The bottomland hardwood habitat of Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge supports a variety of plants and animals, including the Louisiana black bear, which until 2016 was on the endangered species list. The refuge includes some of the least disturbed bottomland hardwood forests in the Southeast and significantly contributes to the biological diversity in the region. Because of its large contiguous stand of bottomland hardwood forest, the refuge was designated as critical habitat and serves as a corridor for the Louisiana black bear between Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge and the state of Louisiana’s Red River Wildlife Management Area.

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which a  national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
      A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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       is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species. 

      Our Organization

      A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.

      Our Species

      Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge's habitat diversity results in a wide variety of wildlife living on and using the refuge including game mammals, waterfowl, neotropical songbirds, and the Louisiana black bear, which until 2016 was on the endangered species list. 

      Our Library

      Our digital library features documents, brochures, and coloring books.

      TR Complex Bird List

      A comprehensive checklist of birds one could find while visiting any Refuge within the Complex.