Located along the Louisiana-Mississippi line approximately 40 miles north of New Orleans, the refuge encompasses 36,500 acres of the Pearl River Basin, most of which is accessible only by boat. The refuge is a popular place to enjoy fishing, hunting, paddling, bird watching and nature photography. There is a family friendly disabled-accessible fishing area and picnic pavilion located at the Pearl River Turnaround in Louisiana. The Jim Schmidt Interpretive Boardwalk at this location explores a classic flood plain cypress forest. Several free boat launches provide access to the refuge from Louisiana and Mississippi.
Location and Contact Information
Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge conserves bottomland hardwood forest habitat, which has significantly diminished in the Mississippi River Delta over the last century. The refuge provides habitat for species of concern such as the Gulf sturgeon, gopher tortoise, the ringed sawback turtle, and the swallow-tailed kite.
What We Do
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which ais established, to the recreational activities offered, to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species.
Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most undisturbed wild swamplands in the country. Unique plant and animal communities adapted to the seasonal floods of the Mississippi Delta area thrive here.
Projects and Research
Refuge staff use a variety of resource management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plants and wildlife and the habitats they rely on. Prescribed burning and controllingare key ways we help native plants and wildlife to thrive on the refuge.