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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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5/5 based on 55+ 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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  • Shared this gem with our granddaughter and had a wonderful and memorable experience. The museum is full of interesting facts regarding Black Bayou wildlife. Grounds well kept and the LONG winding pier...  read more »
  • We decided to stop here while in West Monroe on vacation so we could experience some wildlife. The welcome center is very nice, with good nature exhibits about the refuge and the gift shop has some in...  read more »
  • After the floods came through it wreaked havoc on the bayou but a great place to learn some history on the bayou and Louisiana 
  • 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 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
  • Full of information, education and fun for the whole family!
  • Very nice,educational,friendly employees!
  • Each time I visit Black Bayou my wife and I are impressed by the profusion of wildlife. Take your camera because It's very good for photography, there are great opportunities each time we go. The walkways and paths take you right where the animals and birds can be seen, and with canoe hire you can get out into the lake. It's very peaceful and if you don't yell and crash about you'll see reptiles and birds close to the paths, there are benches placed at thoughtful intervals so that you can sit quietly and watch what's happening.
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