Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Boardwalk in Cypress Swamp
Boardwalk in Cypress Swamp
Black Bayou Lake at sunset
Black Bayou Lake at sunset
Misty Morning on the lake   Photo Credit:  Mike Colvin
Misty Morning on the lake Photo Credit: Mike Colvin


480 Richland Pl.
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. 


  • Bicycling
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Natural Wildlife Viewing
  • Swamp Walks
Facility Amenities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Pier
General Information
  • Family Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Pets on Leash Allowed
  • Bus Parking
  • Free Parking
Parks & Trails
  • Hiking/Nature Trail
  • Lakes, Bayous & Rivers
  • National Wildlife Refuge
  • Nature Interpretive Center
  • Nature Preserve
  • Canoe Rental
  • Kayak Rental