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. As it is home to hundreds of bird species, including the rare red-cockaded woodpecker, bald eagles and wading birds, this National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite birding destination for aficionados across the U.S.
The grounds are open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center and main offices are closed to the public until further notice due to Covid-19. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational facilities, remain open and accessible to the public.
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.