Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Monroe, LA 71203
1700-acre lake, nature trails/boardwalks, pier, observation deck, nature center, fishing, birdwatching, environmental education, canoe rentals, boating. The visitor center, a restored 19th-century planter's house, was purchased and renovated with funds raised almost entirely from the private sector. Next to the visitor center are the Conservation Learning Center with live animal exhibits, an arboretum with native Louisiana woody plants, and a prairie demonstration area with native wildflowers.
7 miles north of I-20 off Hwy. 165; follow signs on Richland Place. Visitors' Center is on right.