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Handy Brake
National Wildlife Refuge

 Abundant natural food and numerous nest boxes attract many breeding wood ducks to the refuge.
11372 Highway 143
Farmerville, LA   71363 - 0201
E-mail: NorthLARefuges@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-726-4400
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Handy Brake NWR is a small wetland refuge which provide excellent wintering habitat for waterfowl
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Several interpretive panels are located on the observation platform. Occasionally refuge staff may do informal interpretation when they encounter refuge visitors.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife observation is the primary public use of Handy Brake NWR. The ramp to the Observation tower passes through beautiful bottomland hardwoods, which are home to many woodland birds, squirrels, deer and other wildlife. Thousands of ducks can be observed during the winter months. The observation tower has benches and is visited frequently throughout the year. All access to the refuge is restricted to the area around the tower. With the proper equipment, wildlife photography opportunities abound.

The Observation Tower is open year round during daylight hours.

Entrance Fees
There is no entrance fee.

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