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    Get Your Fish On!

    Join the fun at our annual Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Rodeo.

    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.

    More About the Gulf Sturgeon

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    Wildlife Watching at Your Refuge

    View a heron and egret rookery located on a small island in the lake at the Pearl River Turnaround Fishing Access Site.

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

The Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex encompasses seven other National Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana.

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

Learn 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.

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Connect to Your Wild Side

  • 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
  • Let's Go Outside


    Join your community and get outdoors at one of our fun special events celebrating wild things and wild places. Check out these upcoming events happening on or around the Refuge.

    Annual Events
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Last Updated: Apr 03, 2017


  • Youth Fishing Rodeo

    2014BC_FishingRodeo_150x119June 10, 2017

    Get hooked on family fun at the 24th annual Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge Youth Fishing Rodeo!

    Download an application here!
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