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.
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.
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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.
Wetland Restoration Project
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
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
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: Dec 23, 2016