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Bogue Chitto
National Wildlife Refuge

James A. Schmidt Boardwalk
(mailing address)
61389 Hwy. 434
Lacombe, LA   70445
E-mail: boguechitto@fws.gov
Phone Number: 985-882-2000
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
James A. Schmidt Boardwalk
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
There is a special youth fishing event held each June on the refuge. Special environmental education programs for schools and youth groups may be scheduled by contacting the Southeast Louisiana refuge office. please write or call the refuge for any additional information.

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Boating and fishing are allowed on most portions of the refuge along the Pearl River and other areas, year-round in accordance with refuge and State regulations. Fishing at our Pearl River Turnaround site (which has three handicap accessible piers) is allowed all year except the months of April, May, and June. Please refer to our hunting and fishing brochure found on our website for specific locations.

The refuge is opened to hunting of deer, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, turkey, waterfowl. woodcock, and hog each year in accordance with refuge and State regulation. The refuge will be closed to camping and hunting (except waterfowl) when the water level at the Pearl River (LA) Gauge is at 15.5 feet or higher. Please contact the refuge headquarters, or refer to our hunting permit and fishing brochure found on our website for specific seasons and dates.

The Holmes Bayou trail is a self guided interpretive tour deep into the interior of Bogue Chitto NWR, but not far away from some surrounding cities. The Pearl River Turnaround fishing pond has a short trail and boardwalk.

Wildlife Observation
Most of the refuge is accessible only by boat. The Honey Island Swamp Road at the Pearl River Turnaround exit off I59 is the only vehicular accessible site on the Louisiana side of the refuge that offers a great opportunity for wildlife observation and photography. There are also a few vehicular accessible sites on the Mississippi side of Bogue Chitto. Please write or call the refuge for any additional information.

Bogue Chitto is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except during high water.

The refuge office in Lacombe, Louisiana is open Monday through Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm.

Entrance Fees
There are no entrance fees on Bogue Chitto NWR.

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