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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe
(5/5 based on 60 reviews on the web)
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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  • What a great facility, and we had it to ourselves; no other visitors. Trails, boardwalks, bird watching, and on and on. The visitor center is housed in a renovated,19th-century planter's house, and wa...  more »
  • I live near here. I go to black bayou at least 2 times a week. It is beautiful. There is a visitor center with lots of information. The trails are great for everyone. There is a duck blind set up to s...  more »
  • The walkway pictured above just well out into Black Bayou Lake, just North of Monroe. The indoor facility is staffed mostly by volunteers, who do an outstanding job of educating tourists. 
  • great place to stop even though they were doing repair work and part of the dock was closed it was still great. The little animal house there was awesome.
  • Very relaxing to walk through nature and enjoy the sites and tour the old homestead and look at photos displayed as well as some of the wildlife that they have on exhibit. You can read about wildlife that is native to their area .This is a family friendly place to visit
  • This place is a hidden gem in Northeast Louisiana. Most everything is free and the staff is wonderful. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife refuge has nature walks, moon light walks, canoeing and many other things.
  • Great place. The education center has beautiful displays and live animal exhibits. The nature trail is holding up well and, surprisingly, has few mosquitoes! I love the emphasis on pollinator habitat!
  • Very nice place, lot to learn about louisiana wildlife.