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    Mandalay Nature Trail

    Explore Mandalay's Nature trail! The trail is at the end of a gravel road .7 miles west of the Refuge office on the south side of Hwy 182.

    View a map of the Refuge

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    Clapper Rail

    The secretive clapper rail is more often heard than seen. Listen for staccato clucking in the marsh. Locals call rails "swamp chickens."

    Learn More about the clapper rail

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    Wintering Waterfowl

    Louisiana wetlands are the winter home of between 3-5 million ducks, over half the waterfowl that travel the Mississippi & Central Flyways.

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    Youth Waterfowl Hunt

    Follow the link below for more details about the Mandalay youth waterfowl hunt and lottery.


Habitat is Key for Waterfowl

Hunting at the Refuge

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is subject to Louisiana hunting regulations and seasons. Hunters must also follow Refuge regulations and carry a FREE signed Refuge hunting permit.

Learn more about hunting at Mandalay NWR

Support Conservation - Buy a Duck Stamp


Anyone can support bird habitat by buying a Federal Duck Stamp. All proceeds from these stamps go directly by buying and protecting habitat!

More about the Federal Duck Stamp Program

Take a Virtual Hike on the Mandalay Nature Trail


Explore the 1.4 mile out and back hike along the Mandalay Interpretive Nature trail to a marsh overlook.

Google Earth Virtual Hike on Nature Trail

Attention Young Artists!

Two Ross Geese swimming

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

How to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Refuges Provide Food for People Too

Marshes Grow Our Seafood


Coastal wetlands are breeding, spawning, feeding, and nursery grounds for over 75% of Louisiana’s harvested fish and shellfish species. Healthy habitat means a healthy fishing industry and good eats too!

More about the value of wetlands

About the Complex

Southeast Lousiana National Wildlife Refuges

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Lousiana National Wildlife Refuges.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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