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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

480 Richland Place

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of five refuges managed in the North Louisiana Refuges Complex and one of over 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.  It was established in 1997 through a unique partnership with the city of Monroe, Louisiana. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a free 99-year lease to manage the city-owned lake.  

The 1,600 acre scenic lake, a central feature of the refuge, is studded with picturesque baldcypress and tupelo trees and surrounded by swamps that graduate into bottomland hardwoods and then into upland mixed pine/hardwoods.

The 4,500-acre refuge supports an excellent fisheries resource and provides valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl, neotropical migratory songbirds, and many resident wildlife species.

Just north of Monroe off Hwy 165 on Richland Place, this semi-urban refuge is ideally located to provide a great place for wildlife and a great place for people to connect with the natural world.


jennifer devereux

Thursday, April 26, 2018
One of my favorite places in the world! My grandchildren had so much fun! My mother in law lives right up the road and has for over 50 years on bayou Desaird. My husband grew up there and now our grandchildren come there. Wonderful place to see bayou life!

Karl McDonald

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
A word or caution on the boat ramp... You pay to use it and it is not maintained. Lost a trailer light backing down the newest ramp because it has filled back in. Another guy launched on the other ramp and bent his trailer up pretty bad because it hung up in a hole bigger than the tires. Be prepared to damage something when you launch here!

Terrance Turner

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Really awesome place to visit. It's serene and a great place to check out. If you are looking to take great nature shots then this is a great place to be although you may have more photo ops once the winter season is over. Not many animals are active. The staff is friendly as well as the patrons. You may run unto one of the regulars who's a really nice gentleman in that he gave me some great photography tips.

Deidre Dinan

Friday, June 8, 2018
Nice area. Last time we walked the trails, some were still damaged from storms. Beautiful though. They also do summer camps!

Charmaine LeCompte

Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
I went to the adults-only Full Moon Nature Walk that Black Bayou was hosting. It was so calm and peaceful. I absolutely loved it, and we were going to head slightly toward the water when I heard a slithering type splash that sounded more alligator to me than anything else. It led my companion and I to turn around and swiftly walk in the other direction but it did give us good conversation all the way to the car.

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