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National Wildlife Refuge

American alligators of all sizes may be viewed when hiking the 1.5 mile Wetland Walkway that winds through a freshwater marsh habitat.
3000 Holly Beach Highway
Hackberry , LA   70645
E-mail: sabine@fws.gov
Phone Number: 337-762-3816
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The best times of year to see alligators sunning along the Wetland Walkway are spring and fall.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, universities, and professional groups. These programs must be scheduled with staff in advance. Please contact refuge visitor center for specific program information.

Over 150 miles of refuge canals, bayous and waterways are open for recreational boating, fishing and crabbing from March 15-October 15. Boat launches are available at Hog Island Gulley and West Cove Recreation Areas along Highway 27. Both fresh and saltwater fish species may be caught on the refuge. Quality of fishing and species available vary seasonally. Recreation Areas along Highway 27 are open for fishing and crabbing year round. Castnetting for shrimp is seasonally available. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge visitor center for specific information.

Portions of the refuge are open to waterfowl hunting during the state waterfowl season which generally occurs from November - January. Permits and special regulations apply; please contact refuge visitor center for specific information.

Exhibits are available at the Visitor Center; a small auditorium that seats up to 20 is available for presceduled programs and films. Interpretive leaflets for the Wetland Walkway may also be picked up at the Visitor Center. The Wetland Walkway, 3.5 miles south of the Visitor Center, is open from sunrise to sunset for self guided touring.

Wildlife Observation
The 1.5 mile Wetland Walkway winds through a freshwater marsh and provides an opportunity to view and photograph a variety of wetland wildlife, including many birds, and reptiles. For safety's sake, visitor's are asked to stay on the trail and to avoid close encounters with alligators and snakes that may be crossing or sunning near the footpath.

Visitor Center- Open 7:00am to 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday; Noon to 4:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday. Wetland Walkway and outdoor facilities are open daily, sunrise to sunset (year-round).

Entrance Fees
No fees are required at this time.

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