Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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    Junior Ranger Activities

    Check out some fun nature activities you can do while social distancing!

    Junior Ranger Activities 2020

  • Wildlife & Habitat - Wintering Waterfowl

    Get your permit online!

    Get your Annual Use Permit, check out refuge Brochures, and apply for a Lottery Hunt online!

    Permits and Lotteries

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    Blackfork Walking Trail

    This scenic trail winds through the cypress forest and is marked by white diamond markers.

    Learn More

News

Get Your Fish On Louisiana!

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At the Virtual Youth Fishing Rodeo during Louisiana Free Fishing Weekend, June 12-13, 2021! For youth 15 and under. Win Prizes! Free entry! No weighing or measuring. Just send photos.

Find Out How to Enter the Virtual Youth Fishing Rodeo

Proposed 2021-22 Hunt Opportunities

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The Service proposes hunt program changes for 2021-22. For more information and instructions on submitting comments...

Find out more about the proposed hunt plan here

Bald Cypress

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Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is home an impressive bald cypress tree, Taxodium distichum. At a height of 96 feet, a diameter of 17 feet, and a circumference of 56 feet, it is truly a sight to behold. The tree is estimated to be approximately 1,500 years old. Visitors may view the tree by way of the Big Cypress Trail, a .75 mile round-trip trail through a unique mixture of bottomland hardwood forest on flat terrain. Parking is located at the trailhead, which is located 4.6 miles from the main gate. This trail is in a no hunting area and allows only foot traffic.

Learn more about the Cypress-Tupelo Swamp

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
Friends Group and Partnerships

Friends Group & Partnerships

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The refuge partners with Friends of Cat Island Refuge on many important projects that benefit wildlife, the visiting public and surrounding communities.

Partnerships

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex

Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex.

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