Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge

Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1989 to provide valuable waterfowl habitat in the Mississippi/Red River floodplain.  The 6,000 acre refuges is located in central Louisiana.  Once a productive bottomland hardwood ecosystem, the land was cleared for agriculture and is currently managed primarily as a shallow marsh for a wide variety of waterfowl, wading birds, and shorebirds. Due to its location in east-central Louisiana, the refuge is influenced by both the Mississippi and Central Flyways and the large expanses of shallow wetlands draw a diversity of waterfowl species. 


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Latitude: 31.11515 Longitude: -92.134403
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Recreational Opportunities

Hunting and fishing is permitted on approximately 4,000 acres of the refuge during specific times of the year. Huntable species include waterfowl, (lottery), deer, (archery only) and small game. A youth fishing event is held each spring for children ages 4 - 12.  Please refer to the refuge's hunting and fishing regulations brochure for seasons, limits, and more information. 

A short hike near the office leads visitors to an observation deck where wintering waterfowl and other wildlife may be viewed and photographed.  The best times to visit the refuge for wildlife viewing are the morning and evening when temperatures are cooler and wildlife are more active. 

Seasons Accessible

Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge is open for public access during daylight hours. 


A $20 Special Recreational Activity Permit is required for hunting and fishing. Permits are available online at

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