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61389 Hwy. 434,
Lacombe, LA 70445

Property Description

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1994, encompasses 18,000 acres of habitat along the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain between the towns of Slidell and Mandeville, LA. The forests, marshes, and wetlands of the Refuge buffer these coastal communities from storm surge while creating habitat for many of the fish and wildlife species that make Louisiana a rich ecosystem and a sportsman's paradise.

Refuge habitats support freshwater and marine fish, shorebirds, wading birds, neotropical songbird migrants, and seventeen species of wintering migratory waterfowl. The pine savannah habitat supports the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Wood Ducks, deer, rabbit, mink, otter, raccoon, alligator, and muskrat are year-round residents of the Refuge. 


Exit #74 off 1-12. Hwy 434 Lacombe exit. Turn south. Go approximately 2 miles. Look for brown sign and entrance on the right. If you hit Hwy 190, you went too far.

  • Bicycling
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Natural Wildlife Viewing
  • Hiking/Nature Trails
  • Lakes, Bayous & Rivers
  • National Wildlife Refuges
  • Nature Interpretive Center
  • Nature Preserve
Disabled Traveler Information
  • Handicapped Accessible
Facility Amenities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bus Parking
General Information
  • Open Year-Round
Guest Information
  • Family Friendly
Pet Information
  • Pets on Leash Allowed
Rate Information
  • Free Admission
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages