Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Hog Island Gully Recreation Area South, including both boat launches, will close effective July 26, 2023 for an extended period of time to allow for completion of two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects:
- Louisiana Coastal Area Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (LCA BUDMAT Program): Calcasieu/Sabine Project. More information can be found here.
- Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA): Long Point Bayou Marsh Creation Project (CS-85) (designed by Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and constructed by USACE). More information can be found here.
These projects require the complete closure of Hog Island Gully Recreation Area South, including both boat launches, due to public safety concerns and project/personnel logistics. The area is anticipated to remain closed to the public through February 2024, but an updated timeline will be given as project status evolves.
The other Sabine NWR recreation areas and their boat launches remain open for continued access to the interior of the Refuge as well as to West Cove and Calcasieu Lake.
Refuge staff asks that visitors please be patient and obey area closures for the duration of the project period. For additional information regarding this closure, Sabine NWR, or other Southwest Louisiana NWRs, please call 337-762-3816 or contact us at SWLRComplex@fws.gov.
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Located approximately 26 miles south of Sulphur, Louisiana, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge has numerous recreation areas where you can fish, crab or take a hike. Whether you are looking for an alligator to photograph or just a place to stretch your legs, the Wetland Walkway is always an adventure.
Learn more about our hunting regulations here: Southwest Louisiana Hunting Regulations
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Location and Contact Information
Beginning about 26 miles south of Sulphur, Louisiana on State Highway 27 South, Sabine NWR includes several recreational areas accessible by car. Be sure to observe local traffic signs and laws, posted closures, and prohibited activities.
The refuge and its roadside recreation areas may be accessed via automobile year round, from dawn until dusk, excluding posted closures
What We Do
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which a is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species.
The refuge was created with the primary goal of providing habitat and breeding grounds for migratory birds and waterfowl. The estuarine systems found in the refuge also provide habitat for a highly diverse community of other wildlife including several species of native fish, crustaceans, mollusks, amphibians, reptiles, and birds.
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