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    Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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

    Map and More Info...

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    Eat a Peach, Thank a Pollinator!

    What do bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds, and bats all have in common - besides wings? They are all important pollinators!

    Learn more about how you can support pollinators

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    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.

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What's Happening at the Refuge

Birding Big Branch Marsh NWR


From Swallow-tailed Kites and Brown Pelicans to warblers — find out what birds might be sighted and where!

More about birding at the Refuge...

Take a Virtual Hike at Boy Scout Road Interpretive Trail


Explore the pine savannah and marshes of Big Branch on this two-mile long trail from the interpretive boardwalk at the trailhead to an overlook of Bayou Lacombe.

Take a Virtual Hike at Boy Scout Road Interpretive Trail

Download and print Refuge hunting permit

Big Branch Marsh National Wildife Refuge is subject to Louisiana hunting regulations and seasons. Hunters must also follow Refuge regulations and carry a FREE signed Refuge hunting permit.

Download A Refuge Hunting Permit Here

Hey 4th Graders - Get a FREE pass to the National Parks

Every Kid in a Park logo

Calling all 4th graders. Get 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 31, 2018.

Visit the Every Kid in a Park Website
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

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Read 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