Facility Rules and Policies

To protect the public and natural resources the following activities are prohibited on Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge: 

  • Feeding, enticing, or disturbing alligators or any other wildlife
  • Air-thrust boats, motorized pirogues, mud boats, and go-devils
  • Camping
  • Target shooting
  • Possession or use of toxic lead shot while hunting on the refuge
  • Taking, collecting, or injuring wildlife or plants 
  • Use of trotlines, jug lines, gill nets, hoop nets, slat boxes, and commercial fishing of any kind
  • Motorized vehicles off public roads, designated trails, and parking areas 
  • Horseback riding and ATVs
  • Use of drones

Non-emergency complaints of violation on refuge lands should be reported to Refuge Law Enforcement, (985) 882-2041. To report general wildlife violations in the State of Louisiana: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Operation Game Thief Hotline: 800-442-2511.