Take a hike or beat the heat...
Big Branch Marsh's Visitor Center offers free indoor & outdoor activities for all ages!
Learn the skills and fun of fishing!
Kids ages 4-12 can register now for the 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Event held at Bogue Chitto NWR. Registration required, space is limited.
Did you know that all plants and wildlife are protected on National Wildlife Refuges unless a specific refuge hunting season allows take?Download Permit
About the Complex
Since 1996, a 110-acre site in Lacombe, Louisiana, has served as the headquarters facility for eight national wildlife refuges in the southeast region.
Big Branch Marsh is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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
What's Happening at the Refuge
A marsh restoration project will cause a temporary closure of portions of Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near Bayou Bonfouca from August 20, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The purpose of the closure is to ensure visitors’ safety. Project map and more details here...
- October 15, 2016
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join us at at our Headquarters in Lacombe for a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week. Build a birdhouse, paddle a canoe, fish for prizes in our casting pond, see live animals. Live music, food available to purchase. This event is FREE!More about Wild Things
If you're looking for something to do, get involved with one of our special events.Find out what's going on at a refuge near you!
Reduction of suitable
habitat has caused the number of Red-cockaded woodpeckers to decline by
approximately 99% since the time of European settlement.
Page Photo Credits Big Branch Marsh - ©Tom Carlisle, Canoeing - ©Bill Lang, Visitor Center - USFWS, Summer Camper - Laura Thomas/USFWS
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2016