Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Wildlife & Habitat - Wintering Waterfowl

    Get your 2018-2019 permit online!

    Get your 2017-2018 Annual Use Permit, check out refuge Brochures, and apply for a Lottery Hunt online!

    Permits and Lotteries

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    For the most up-to-date information on events and road closures like us on Facebook

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    Environmental Education/Group Tours

    Get your environmental education here! Programs can be arranged by contacting the refuge headquarters in advance.

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  • Rotator Photo Gallery


    View spectacular photos of wildlife and habitat at the refuge. Be inspired to come and take your own photos !

    Photo Gallery


Trails for Hiking and More !

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One of the best ways to experience the refuge is to leave your car behind and start walking. Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge has walking opportunities for all ages and abilities, including the Cypress Creek Trail and the Observation Tower Trail. Also, Cocodrie Bayou is designated as a state scenic river.

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Volunteering is Rewarding

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Volunteering Experience: Want to have fun, meet new people, help wildlife? Become a volunteer with the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers are actively involved in many of the refuge programs. Volunteers put in more than 500 volunteer hours each year to directly benefit the wildlife and habitat of the refuge.

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About the Complex

Lower Mississippi River Refuge Complex

Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lower Mississippi River Refuge Complex.

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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.

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