Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of activities for nature-lovers. A variety of trails are available ranging from wheelchair and stroller accessible trails near the Visitor Center to more primitive hiking/biking/ATV trails in the northern and eastern portions of the Refuge. The Wildlife Pier and Nature Trail Boardwalk are must-see activities for all visitors. The pier extends out into Black Bayou Lake and offers a beautiful view of the lake and its resident wildlife.
Black Bayou Lake has a trail for everyone! From wheelchair and stroller accessible trails to primitive hiking and ATV trails, we invite everyone to come explore.
Please use the map below to orient yourself to the trail system on the Refuge.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is part of the North Louisiana Refuges Complex.
Rules and Policies
We hope that you enjoy your visit to Black Bayou Lake! Below are a few common rules and guidelines to follow.
- The Refuge is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Hunters must be off the Refuge no later than 2 hours after shooting hours end.
- There is no camping or overnight stays on the Refuge.
- Absolutely no littering. This includes glitter, confetti, balloons, and other items commonly used in photo shoots.
- The use of drones is prohibited.
- Hunters must check in at a self clearing check station kiosk and obtain a Refuge permit/brochure and check in and out daily.
- No boats with motors greater than 50 HP in the lake.
- Well behaved dogs are always welcome but they must be on a leash and you must pick up any waste.
- Bicycles are welcome on Refuge roads and the Edgewater Trail. They are not allowed on any of the boardwalks, Wildlife Pier, Prairie Trail, Arboretum Trail, or Wildlife Challenge Trail.