Skip Navigation


  • 150x118_cameilas

    Camellia Gardens Open House

    Enjoy the blooming gardens of Bayou Lacombe Center at our annual garden open house. Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • 150x118_BBM_boardwalk.c.Tom_Carlisle

    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    Enjoy a winter walk and take in the sights and sounds of forest and marsh at the Boy Scout Road interpretive boardwalk trail.

    Map and More Info...

  • VC_Exterior

    Explore Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center

    Enjoy the hiking trails that wind through the grounds or explore interactive displays. Free. Open Thursdays-Saturday. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Learn more...

Wetland Restoration Project

Habitat and Coastal Protection Go Hand in Hand


Using sediment pumped from Lake Pontchartrain, the Bayou Bonfouca and Fritchie Marsh Creation project will create over 800 acres of low salinity brackish marsh and some bottomland hardwood forest in what is 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

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges 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

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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

Follow NWRS Online


What's Happening at the Refuge

Page Photo Credits — Big Branch Marsh - ©Tom Carlisle, Canoeing - ©Bill Lang, Visitor Center - USFWS, Summer Camper - Laura Thomas/USFWS
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2016


  • Camellia Gardens Open House

    150x118_cameilasFebruary 18, 2017

    Explore Bayou Lacombe Centers' historic gardens at our annual garden open house. Tours, workshops, gardening tips. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Return to main navigation