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 wildlife pier that extends into the water. 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 and an observation station with interpretive signs. Interpretive programs are offered.
Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted.