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Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
61389 Hwy. 434
Lacombe, LA 70445

Federal wildlife refuge on 15,000 acres of pine flatwoods and coastal marsh. This diverse habitat is a wonderful example of the natural coastline of Lake Pontchartrain. Home to hundreds of bird species, including the rare red-cockaded woodpecker, bald eagles and wading birds. Start at the visitor center for brochures and maps.

Directions: Exit #74 off 1-12. Hwy 434 Lacombe exit. Turn south. Go approximately 2 miles. Look for brown sign and entrance on the right. If you hit Hwy 190, you went too far.