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Cameron Prairie
National Wildlife Refuge

1428 Highway 27
Bell City, LA   70630
E-mail: cameronprairie@fws.gov
Phone Number: 337-598-2216
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During the winter period sights such as these are common at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge along our designated auto-tour route 'The Pintail Wildlife Drive'.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge has a modern visitor center with an animated Cajun woman and several excellent dioramas. Additionally, the visitor center walkways and refuge auto-tour route are a great place learn about animals and habitats you will encounter on the refuge as many informative panels have been placed for your convenience

The only fishing opportunity on the refuge is the canal along highway 27 south of the headquarters to the Gulf Inter-coastal Waterway. Fishing is allowed March 15 through October 15.

The refuge offers limited rabbit and youth waterfowl hunting as well as a general snipe and dove hunt. Snipe and rabbit hunts are conducted (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) for the remainder of the state season following the closure of the state waterfowl season. Dove season is conducted (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) during the entire first split of the state season

Wildlife Observation
Due to its location the refuge is a birders paradise with great seasonal variation in both species diversity and populations. Late fall through early spring is the best time to visit the refuge in search of large numbers of waterfowl. Spring is best for neo-tropical migrants and summer is great to view species where Louisiana is the northern part of their range. Additionally, during the warm months alligators are easily observed.

The refuge offers a great setting for photographers. The species diversity in south Louisiana is unparalleled. The refuge, located on the Creole Nature Trail All American Road which provides over 80 miles of opportunity to explore a coastal wetland ecosystem, is a great stopping point. Additionally, in late fall and winter the refuge has a photo blind overlooking an area used by thousands of ducks and geese daily.

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