Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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

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  • Rotator Envir Ed and tours

    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 !

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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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