Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
61389 Hwy. 434
Lacombe, LA 70445
Tel: (985) 882-2000


This federal wildlife refuge is 15,000 acres of pine flatwoods and coastal marsh with a diverse habitat, a wonderful example of the natural coastline of Lake Pontchartrain. It is home to hundreds of bird species, including the rare red-cockaded woodpecker, bald eagles and wading birds.

As of September 2021, the Headquarters grounds of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex are closed due to damage from Hurricane Ida, tentatively reopening October 4. The grounds are usually open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center and main offices are closed to the public due to Covid-19, but the 2-miles of trails will be available for recreation. Walking trail brochures are available at the main parking lot and Visitor Center kiosks that provide some site background for your self-guided adventure.

USFWS Photos of historic Bayou Gardens Camellias, Japanese Magnolias and Indian Hawthorne. Blooming Taiwanese cherry photo by Beth Schwander.