Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge is America's great river swamp deep in the heart of Cajun country, and the southern end of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. It's the nations largest complex of forested wetlands of bottomland hardwoods and swamps.
Established in 1984, the refuge's 15,000 acres are part of the largest bottomland hardwood swamp in the country. This beautiful swampland offers a multitude of recreational options. Hunting, fishing, hiking, and some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the country exist in the Atchafalaya Basin. The refuge is managed cooperatively with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sherburne Wildlife Management Area and the Corps of Engineers Atchafalaya Spillway Water Diversion Project.