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    Fishing Pond Temporary Closure

    To provide great fishing for the Youth Fishing Rodeo, the Pearl River Turnaround Fishing Pond is closed until 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

    More About the Youth Fishing Rodeo

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    Gulf Sturgeon

    Fisheries biologist Cedric Doolittle releases a Gulf Sturgeon in the Pearl River after tagging the fish with a tracking transmitter.

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Connect to Your Wild Side

Young Artists Wanted for Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition

Child's watercolor of red fox sleeping near a blue pond in the forest

Artists ages 5 thru 18 are invited to capture the plants, animals, and landscapes of Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges for the annual Wild Things Youth Art Contest.

More About the Wild Things Youth Art Competition

Hunting the Refuge


Bogue Chitto National Wildife Refuge is subject to Louisiana or Mississippi hunting regulations and seasons. Regulations and seasons apply according to on which side of the river you hunt. Hunters must also carry a FREE signed Refuge hunting permit.

Dowload Refuge Hunting Permit here

Attention Young Artists

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Could your work be on the next Junior Duck Stamp? Support conservation, education, and the arts with a Junior Duck Stamp!

Junior Duck Stamp

Birding at the Refuge


The Refuge provides nesting, wintering, and breeding habitat for nearly 200 species of birds. The bottomland hardwood forests are home to Prothonotary Warblers, Swainson's Warblers, Northern Parulas, Yellow-throated Warblers, White-eyed Vireos, Red-eyed Vireos, Carolina Wrens and many other species.

More about birding at the Refuge
Visit the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Visitor Center

Beat the Heat and Explore Indoors


Explore our visitor center located at the site of the historic Bayou Gardens in Lacombe, LA. Discover the culture and natural history of Southeast Louisiana through unique and fun exhibits, videos, and hands on activities. Open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SE Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges.

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