Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.

Features

Biologist standing in river holding a long Gulf Sturgeon

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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News

Alert: Covid-19 Information

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex is temporarily suspending operations of the Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center. Refuge staff is committed to doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and visitors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational facilities, remain open and accessible to the public to provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

More Information at this link

Junior Duck Stamp

Two Geese swimming. Junior Duck Stamp 2016-2017

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

More about the Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Hunting the Refuge

Turkey hunter with a tom turkey

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

Steps Taken to Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer

New regulations that take effect during this falls' hunt season in Louisiana prohibit the use of natural deer urine that has not been tested and labeled as "CWD Not Detected." More information available at link below.

LDWF Regulations on Deer Urine effective Sept. 1, 2019
Visit the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Visitor Center

Beat the Heat and Explore Indoors

View of entrance of Bayou Lacombe Center

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

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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