Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Bayou Lacombe Center for storytime, cookies, and cocoa. Saturday, Dec. 10 from 2 - 4 p.m. FREE
Take a hike or beat the heat...
Big Branch Marsh's Visitor Center offers free indoor & outdoor activities for all ages!
Bayou Bonfouca Wetland Project
Using sediment pumped from Lake Pontchartrain, the Bayou Bonfouca Marsh Creation project will create over 500 acres of low salinity brackish marsh in what are now open water ponds. Restoration of this wetland area will improve shoreline stability for residents of St. Tammany Parish, and support waterfowl and estuarine fish habitat for future generations. More about the Project
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...
Big Branch Marsh National Wildife Refuge is subject to Louisiana hunting regulations and seasons. Hunters must also carry a FREE signed Refuge hunting permit.Download A Refuge Hunting Permit Here
Calling all 4th graders. Want a free pass for you and your family to all federal parks, lands, and waters for the year. Vist Every Kid in a Park to claim your free pass - good until August 2017.Visit the Every Kid in a Park Website
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: Nov 22, 2016