Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
61389 Hwy. 434
Lacombe, LA 70445
Tel: (985) 882-2000


This federal wildlife refuge is 15,000 acres of pine flatwoods and coastal marsh with a diverse habitat, a wonderful example of the natural coastline of Lake Pontchartrain. The refuge features nature trails and outdoor recreational facilities, and is home to hundreds of bird species, including the rare red-cockaded woodpecker, bald eagles and wading birds. As such, this National Wildlife Refuge is a favorite birding destination for aficionados across the United States.

The grounds are open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center and main offices are open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walking trail brochures are available that provide site background for your self-guided adventure.

The Big Branch Marsh NWR and Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center offer a variety of educational, nature-focused programs for all ages, for free. Visit their website or Facebook page for information on programs currently being offered.


USFWS Photos of historic Bayou Gardens Camellias, Japanese Magnolias and Indian Hawthorne.
Blooming Taiwanese cherry photo by Beth Schwander.

October 12, 2024

Join the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. in a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week 2024 (Oct. 13-19) with Wild Things on October 12, 2024 at Bayou Lacombe Center,... Read More