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 alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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

  • Walk on the Wild Side Banner with bear, turtle, bird, bighorn sheep, flower outlines

    Walk on the Wild Side

    Join us for a self-guided walking event in celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 9 - 16). Sign up by Sept. 14, 2021

    Sign up and learn about the event here…

  • Child holding an Eastern lubber grasshopper

    Junior Ranger Activities

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

    Junior Ranger Activities 2020

  • Photo of a male and female northern shoveler feeding on glassy water

    Waterfowl

    Coastal Louisiana is the winter home of between 3-5 million ducks, over half the waterfowl that travel the Mississippi and Central Flyways.

  • photo of large alligator with mouth open

    Our largest reptile

    North America's largest reptile is found in slow moving rivers, marshes, and bayous in the south.

    Listen to an alligator bellow here..

Things to Know

Final Hunting and Fishing Package

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final hunting and fishing package for Delta NWR in Louisiana.

View more information here . . .

Young Artists Wanted for Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition

Leopard Frog painting

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

Take a Virtual Tour of Delta NWR

view of canal through marsh at Delta

Explore the waterways and marshes of Delta National Wildlife Refuge on a virtual boat tour.

Take a Virtual Tour with our boat pilot

Attention Young Artists

Two Ross Geese swimming side by side

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
Waterfowl Traveling the Mississippi

Ancient Travel Routes

Three ducks in flight

The Mississippi River begins at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and flows 2,350 miles to the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana. The area drained by the Mississippi watershed covers about 40% of the lower 48 states, and about 40% of the nation's migratory waterfowl use the river basin as a migratory flyway.

More about migratory birds

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana Refuges

Delta National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana 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