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61389 Hwy. 434,
Lacombe, LA 70445

Property Description

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was formed in 1994. It is comprised of 18,000 acres of pine flatwoods, oak rides and coastal marsh. This diverse habitat is a wonderful example of the natural coastline of Lake Pontchartrain surrounded by fast developing communities.

Visitor center on headquarters property is open Thursdays - Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Headquarters building is open Mondays - Fridays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.


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