Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Richland Pl. & US 165
Monroe, LA 71203- Map It
(318) 387-1114

AAA Editor Notes

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, just e. on Richland Pl. off US 165, offers ample ways to experience the great swampy outdoors. Some of the inhabitants of this forested wetland include alligators, coyotes, herons, snakes and a variety of songbirds. Hunting for white-tailed deer, ducks, game birds and small game is permitted in designated areas. Benches, interpretive panels and tree identification labels line a 1-mile boardwalk/nature trail. You can boat and fish in the 1,600-acre Black Bayou Lake—which has a marked canoe trail—or just walk along the 1,250-foot pier that extends into the water and loops back into the nature trail. The structure includes informational panels and two covered platforms; the easternmost has spotting scopes. Other amenities include a visitor center, a conservation learning center, an arboretum, a blind for bird- and wildlife viewing, and a raised observation deck with a spotting scope. Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted.
Refuge free. Boat launch fee $2.
Hours: Refuge daily dawn-dusk. The visitor center and conservation learning center are open Mon.-Fri. 8-4, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 1-5; closed federal holidays.