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


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.

As of February 2021, the Headquarters grounds of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex is 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 remain closed to the public but the 2-miles of trails are 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.