D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge is located in Ouachita and Union Parishes on both sides of Bayou D’Arbonne near its confluence with the Ouachita River. Take White’s Ferry Road (Hwy 143) north out of West Monroe. This highway forms the eastern refuge boundary and there are seven access points with parking lots along the highway. The North Louisiana Refuges Complex headquarters building is located approximately 7 miles north of West Monroe at the intersection of Hwy 143 and Holland’s Bluff Road but only has a small visitor contact station with very limited and intermittent hours depending on staff availability. There is no fee to visit the Refuge and it offers a wide variety of wildlife dependent recreational opportunities. Thousands of people visit to fish and hunt while others traverse the refuge to birdwatch, see wildlife, and take pictures.
Location and Contact Information
D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1975 to protect bottomland hardwood forest and provide wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. Additionally, the refuge provides habitat for alligators, bald eagles, the little known Rafinesque's big-eared bat, and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The refuge is bisected by 13 miles of Bayou D’Arbonne, a stream in the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers System, and is crisscrossed by numerous creeks, sloughs and oxbow lakes. Cypress swamps, bottomland hardwood and upland forests complete the landscape that is habitat for a diverse group of plants and animals.
What We Do
D’Arbonne NWR provides wintering habitat for thousands of waterfowl each year. Mallards, green-winged teal, wood ducks, gadwall and shovelers are just some of the species that can be found on the refuge in the winter months. We also rely heavily on forest management, prescribed burning, andmanagement to provide quality habitat for native wildlife species.