Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

61389 SR 434
Lacombe, LA 70445- Map It
(985) 882-2000

AAA Editor Notes

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is off I-12 exit 74 then s. to 61389 SR 434. On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the 18,000-acre refuge consists of beaches, grass beds, swamps, hardwood hammocks and pine ridges. These varied habitats invite a variety of fowl as well as deer, minks, otters, nutrias and raccoons. Visitors may view exhibits and a wildlife demonstration garden at the visitor center. Fishing, hiking and hunting are permitted. Recreational activities are permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
Free.
Hours: Refuge open daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center open Thurs.-Sat. 9-4. Office open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-4. Visitor center and office closed federal holidays.