Refuges in the SELA Complex
Bayou Sauvage
Bayou Teche
Big Branch Marsh
Bogue Chitto
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SELA Refuges Programs

Welcome to the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex

Photo of mottled ducks at Big Branch Marsh NWR
© Tom Carlisle

Young Artists Wanted for Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition

Calling young artists ages 5 - 18! This art competition spotlights the richness of Southeast Louisiana’s native wildlife and habitats through drawing and painting mediums while encouraging youth to learn more about their natural heritage.

All submissions will be featured in an exhibition at the annual Wild Things event on Oct. 14, 2017 in Lacombe, LA. For more information visit the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge website.

You are invited to take a virtual tour of these eight refuges by viewing the links to the left.

The mission of these refuges and the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. These refuges are representative of the rich and varied habitat and wildlife resources of the coastal region of the state. They are part of a network of over 540 refuges throughout the country that are administered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS).

SELA Refuges Complex Headquarters Location

The Southeast Louisiana Refuges' headquarters is located on a beautiful property in Lacombe, LA on Hwy 434 two miles south of I-12 (Exit 74). Watch for the Big Branch Marsh Refuge sign. Office Hours are 7 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Our phone number is (985) 882-2000. The headquarters property is known as "Bayou Lacombe Centre."

Photo of great egret in breeding plumage
© Tom Carlisle

Refuge Visitor Center

The refuge complex has opened its visitor center located at the complex headquarters address above. The center displays exhibits about all eight refuges managed by the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex. Staffed by volunteers, the visitor center is open Thursdays-Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Volunteers are needed to help run the visitor center. Please contact the volunteer coordinator at 985-882-2024.

Last Updated on July 26, 2017