National Wildlife Refuge
|3599 Bayou Black Drive
Houma, LA 70360
Phone Number: 985-853-1078
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|Bald cypress stand with bidens in bloom in foreground on Mandalay NWR|
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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Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge has few management activities. The major management thrusts are resource protection through law enforcement, noxious weed control, and marsh restoration.