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Tensas River
National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bear on Tensas River NWR
2312 Quebec Road
Tallulah, LA   71282
E-mail: tensasriver@fws.gov
Phone Number: 318-574-2664
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Black Bear on Tensas River NWR
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Environmental education programs are offered to a variety of groups, clubs and civic organizations. The refuge hosts school groups and specialty groups of all ages. If you are interested in an educational program, please contact the visitor center to schedule your visit. Special education events, such as National Hunting and Fishing Day, and educational workshops are hosted by the refuge annually.

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The refuge is open year-round for fishing. Current state and refuge fishing regulations and limits apply. Anglers commonly pursue perch, bream, catfish and bass and enjoy fishing on Africa, Rainey, Buck and Judd Lakes. Please see the refuge Public Use Regulations brochure for complete information. Please see the refuge Public Use Regulations brochure for complete information.

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge offers a wide-variety of hunting opportunities. Specific seasons are available for white-tailed deer, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, woodcock, and ducks. The refuge offers archery, primitive weapon and quota modern gun hunts for white-tailed deer. Guided lottery youth hunts for deer are also offered for qualifying youths between 8-15 years of age. Guided lottery wheel-chair bound deer hunt is also offered for qualifying applicants. All current state and refuge rules, regulations and limits apply. Anybody hunting or fishing on the refuge must obtain the refuge Public Use Regulations brochure and sign the Refuge Access Permit.

The visitor center houses natural interpretive displays and exhibits that include a wide variety of wildlife species. Brochures are available to provide information on management, recreational activities, wildlife and other natural resources. Refuge staff are available to answer questions to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. The Rainey Lake Trail and the Hollow Cypress Wildlife Trail offer hiking and interpretive panels along the way. The refuge provides several interpretive programs to interested groups. If you are interested in interpretive programs, please contact the visitor center.

Wildlife Observation
Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge offers excellent opportunities for observing and photographing wildlife. A raised observation tower on the Hollow Cypress Wildlife Trail overlooks a moist soil management area where waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and deer can be seen using mounted binoculars. The Rainey Lake Trail contains a pier and observation areas overlooking Rainey Lake. Alligators, herons, egrets, woodducks, snakes, turtles and many other species are often seen from the pier and observation areas along this scenic lake. The trail meanders through a bottomland hardwood forest where wildlife may be seen or heard. More birding and wildlife viewing opportunities can be found while driving along a 4 mile autotour road that winds through moist soil management areas. The autotour is located behind the Visitor Center.

The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge office is open from 8:00am- 4:00pm weekdays. Call ahead for weekend schedule. The refuge is open year round during daylight hours.

Entrance Fees
There are no entrance fees at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.

Use Fees
A $12.50 fee applies to those selected for the modern gun lottery deer hunt permits. ATV permits cost $10.00. ATV trails are open seasonally.
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