Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe

4.8
#7 of 20 in Nature in Louisiana
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of five refuges managed in the North Louisiana Refuge Complex and one of 545 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.Wildlife and habitatBlack Bayou Lake is studded with cypress and tupelo trees, and surrounded by swamps that graduate into bottomland hardwoods and then into upland mixed pine/hardwoods. Cherrybark oak, cedar elm, ash, hickories and willow oak dominate the lower areas while shortleaf pine, loblolly pine, mockernut hickory and post oak dominate the upland sites. Common wildlife seen include alligators, wood ducks, bird-voiced treefrogs, broad-banded water snakes, red-eared sliders, green herons, coyotes, skunks, and white-tailed deer. The refuge supports an excellent fisheries resource and provides valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl, neotropical migratory songbirds, and many resident wildlife species.
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  • When you are road tripping you need to find cost effective but nice stops in the town of choice. This was excellent, tour and pictures for no cost. Now here is my problem... my kids have no tolerance ...  more »
  • Highly recommend a visit here for multiple reasons. They offer top notch educational activities @ no charge to the public. They have excellent hiking trails. There is so much to see here. I love hikin...  more »
  • We were disappointed because the first road we saw beyond the sign had a small walking trail with a couple of small "ponds:. We didn't ever see the boardwalk. We probably just didn't drive far enough.  more »
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  • Beautiful place with clean trails. Great place to see some of north Louisiana's wildlife and bayou county. The staff was nice and attentive. The have a little museum and gift shop I would recommend this place for all ages.
  • The best local fishing and kayaking a person could ask for!! Loads of wildlife and fish! Great boat ramps and very nice kayak dock. Very kid friendly!!
  • Always enjoy seeing the great outdoors. Just need to finish repairs on the walkway/wildlife pier over the water.
  • Good nature trail for walking. They have activities for children including something once a month for children ages 3-5.
  • Beautiful and staff is engaging. Great outdoor trails and picturesque.

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