Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge

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. 


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Recreational Opportunities

Recreational opportunities abound at this National Wildlife Refuge.  Popular activities include hunting migratory game birds, small game, and white-tailed deer; sport fishing; hiking; bird watching; wildlife observation; photography; and environmental education. 

A boat launch with a dock and observation deck is located at the Section 120 Road trail. 

Be sure to check the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge site for the most current hunting and fishing regulations. 

Seasons Accessible

The refuge is open year-round during daylight hours. 

After prolonged heavy rainfall, road access may be restricted to 4-wheel drive vehicles.  

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