Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge offers a wide variety of activities for visitors. Thousands of people visit the refuge each year to take advantage of outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, wildlife photography and observation, and environmental education. Please use the information throughout this website to plan your visit! Check out the refuge recreation brochure under the Related Documents section below.
Many activities are available to the public at Tensas River NWR. While hunting is the most popular, we encourage you to get out and explore other opportunities like hiking, wildlife photography and observation, and paddling.
There are two dedicated walking trails located around the Visitor Center and Wildlife Drive area, the Rainey Lake Trail and the Hollow Cypress Boardwalk. Visitors are welcome to also walk on ATV trails spread throughout the Refuge.
Below you can find an informational tearsheet with maps along with resources for hunters.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Tensas River NWR is part of the North Louisiana Refuges Complex. The Complex Headquarters is located at D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge.
Rules and Policies
Please consult the Public Use Regulations Brochure for complete rules and regulations.
This brochure is available at refuge entrances, at the Visitor Center, and online. Visitors are permitted on the refuge from 4:00 am until 2 hours after legal sunset.
Below you can find a few of the most commonly asked-about regulations on the refuge.
- Littering is prohibited.
- No camping or overnight parking is allowed.
- Fires are prohibited.
- Collecting or harvesting any articles of antiquity, plants, animals or parts thereof is prohibited unless specifically authorized.
- Do not feed the wildlife - for their safety and yours!
CAUTION: Using a GPS navigation system will sometimes NOT bring you to the Visitor Center. Please follow driving directions below!!!
Directions from I-20 Eastbound: Exit at Waverly (exit 157). Turn left onto Hwy 577 North. After approximately 1½ -2 miles, turn right onto Hwy 80 East. After approximately 8 miles, turn right onto Quebec Road. Follow Quebec Road for approximately 11 miles and the visitor center and headquarters are on the left.
Directions from I-20 Westbound: Exit at Tallulah (exit 171). Turn right onto Hwy 65 North and drive approximately 2 miles into Tallulah. Turn left between the courthouse and Popeyes onto Hwy 80 West. After approximately 7 miles, turn left onto Quebec Road. Follow Quebec Road for approximately 11 miles and the visitor center and headquarters are on the left.