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


Features

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Junior Ranger Activities

Check out some fun nature activities you can do while social distancing!

Junior Ranger Activities 2020

News

Proposed 2021-22 Hunt Opportunities

Woman and girl in tall vegetation watching sunrise in marsh

The Service proposes hunt program changes for 2021-22. For more information and instructions on submitting comments...

Learn the details here

Birding the Refuge

Painted Bunting. Photo credit Jon Flores

Bayou Teche's bottomland hardwood forests and freshwater marshes provide food and shelter for many bird species. The forest habitat is especially important for neotropical migrants upon their spring return from Central and South America.

Learn More About Where to Birdwatch on the Refuge

Take a Virtual Tour of the Refuge

View from boat of entrance to Black Bear Bayou

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a virtual tour of Black Bear Bayou. Follow Black Bear Canal and see if you can spot the alligator sunning on a small island!

Take a Virtual Boat Tour of Black Bear Bayou
Paddling the Refuge

Paddling Bayou Teche

Spanish moss draped cypress trees, the graceful flight of a white egret against the blue sky, the sound of cicadas...this is the backdrop to a paddling adventure on Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge.

Bayou Teche Paddling and Hiking Trails Map

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges .

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS