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Bayou Teche
National Wildlife Refuge

3599 Bayou Black Dr.
houma, LA   70360
E-mail: bayouteche@fws.gov
Phone Number: 337-828-0092
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Refuge staff working with Louisiana's teachers to learn more about the refuge and its mission species, the threatened Louisiana Black Bear.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The refuge personnel are occasionally able to conduct programs for school, university, and professional groups. However , due to limited staff, educational groups should coordinate with the refuge prior to visiting. If your educational group is interested, please write or call the refuge for aditional information.

Boating and fishing are allowed year-round in portions of the refuge. Largemouth bass, catfish and sunfishes are the most common species fished for. Fishing from shore is allowed on the refuge. Nearby public boat launches allow convenient access to the refuge. For paddling enthusiast portions of the refuge are open for non-motorized access only during fall, winter and spring.

Portions of the refuge are open to hunting of white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, and waterfowl each fall and winter. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge headquarters for specific information

Wildlife Observation
The numerous miles of waterways and canals winding along fresh water ponds, bayous and cypress-gum swamps, provide an opportunity to view a wide array of both upland and wetland wildlife. The Garden City Unit of the refuge has a boardwalk,open year round, that extends into a cypress-tupelo swamp and the Palmetto walking trail which is a one mile deadend path through bottomland hardwood forest open to hikers from February 1 through September 30. Entrance to the refuge is through several access roads and public boat launches. Bayou Teche NWR is the only National Wildlife Refuge with the specific mission of managing bears. This uniquely adapted subspecies of the American black bear currently occupies much of the refuge. Although shy and most active near dusk and dawn, visitors may see individual bears at any time during their visit to the refuge. To minimize wildlife disturbance, pets are allowed but must be maintained on leach at all times.

The refuge is open for visitation from sunrise to sunset. Normal office hours are 7 am to 4 pm, however, the Franklin field office may be closed while refuge personnel are working elsewhere. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead if they need assistance

Entrance Fees

Use Fees
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