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National Wildlife Refuge

3599 Bayou Black Drive
Houma, LA   70360
E-mail: mandalay@fws.gov
Phone Number: 985-853-1078
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Bald cypress stand with bidens in bloom in foreground on Mandalay NWR
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Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1996, is located in Terrebonne Parish in southeast Louisiana. The 4,419 acre refuge is composed of freshwater marsh and cypress-tupelo swamp. The refuge provides excellent habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, and neotropical songbirds. Access is by boat only and foot travel is extremely difficult due to the soft marsh environment. The Mandalay Refuge Nature Trail provides a glimpse into three different habitat types in a 45 minute round-trip walk. The refuge is open year round to the public from sunrise to sunset, with seasonal restrictions in some areas. Wildlife observation, boating and fishing are allowed on the refuge year round except in areas closed to public access. Hunting is permitted on the refuge in specific areas and under date, time, and lottery restrictions

Getting There . . .
The refuge is located 5 miles southwest of Houma, LA. Houma is approximately 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, LA. The refuge is only accessible by boat. The headquaters is located 5 miles West of Houma, LA on LA Highway 182. The Mandalay Refuge Nature Trail is accessible by vehicle from LA highway 182. The Nature Trail access road is found approximately 0.75 miles west of the Refuge headquarters which is located at 3599 Bayou Black Drive (LA 182). The Nature Trail is open 7 days per week daylight hours only.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The Refuge is composed primarily of freshwater marsh habitat. This lush habitat provides important habitat for wintering waterfowl of the Mississippi flyway. Teal, widgeon and ring neck ducks are the most prevalent on the Refuge during the winter, however lesser scaup, mallard, and gadwall are also quite common. Year round resident wildlife include white tail deer, otter, alligators, and diverse bird species. The refuge is home to nesting rookeries of herons and egrets, and also to nesting bald eagles.

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Mandalay Refuge was established in 1996, under a mission of conservation of habitat for wintering waterfowl. The was initially managed by staff of Cameron Prairie NWR. It became independently staffed in 2000 and currently supports a staff of 2 people and has absorbed management of the Bayou Teche NWR. The Refuge supports public use programs including hunting, fishing and recreational boating.

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Management Activities
Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge has few management activities. The major management thrusts are resource protection through law enforcement, noxious weed control, and marsh restoration.