Wildlife Observation and Photography

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The best opportunities for waterfowl observation and photography are during the fall and winter months at either Unit B or at the Lacassine Impoundment. In addition to waterfowl, many other types of wildlife may be seen on the refuge throughout the year.


There is a three-mile auto tour with interpretive signs at the Lacassine Pool public use area (Unit D). Pull-offs are located along the drive to allow other visitors to continue along the drive. Visitors are encouraged to remain in their vehicles to minimize disturbance of wildlife and to enhance viewing. State Highway 14 passes by the refuge and is designated as the Jean Lafitte Scenic Byway. Visitors can hike along levees for additional wildlife observation opportunities.

A cypress swamp observation deck is located at the headquarters. The refuge has two viewing platforms located at the Lacassine Wildlife Drive and Unit B. The platforms are ideal to see optimum wildlife populations while limiting disturbance to wildlife.