Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge

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Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge


(985) 853-1078

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Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1996, is located in Terrebonne Parish in southeast Louisiana. The 4,416 acre refuge is composed of freshwater marsh and cypress-tupelo swamp. The refuge provides excellent habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, and neotropical songbirds. The refuge is open year round to the public from legal sunrise to legal sunset. No night time use of the Refuge is allowed. Most of the Refuge access is by boat only and foot travel is extremely difficult due to the soft marsh environment. The Mandalay Refuge Nature Trail provides a glimpse into three different habitat types within a 45-minute hike. Hunting is only permitted on the refuge in specific areas, under date and time restrictions. Fishing is allowed on the refuge year round except in areas closed to public access.

Map of Mandalay NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 29.535678, -90.789471



  • Boating

    Most access to Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is by boat only. All boating access is limited to existing canals, ditches, and trenasses. No airboats or marsh buggies are allowed on the refuge.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed year-round. All Louisiana regulations, such as license and creel limits, apply to all areas of the refuge.

  • Historic Sites

    Bald eagles nest in tall cypress trees in the swamp near Houma and Morgan City, LA from October through May. Eagles are not present in Louisiana in the late spring and summer months. Look for eagles foraging along waterways and over open marshes.

    Access to the Mandalay Nature Trail parking area is by vehicle. All visitors to the Nature Trail must remain in their vehicles until arriving at the designated parking area. Beyond the parking area, the Nature Trail is foot access only. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the Nature Trail.

  • Hunting

    A Lottery waterfowl hunt and a bow hunt for white-tailed deer and feral hogs are held annually. Waterfowl hunters must apply for the lottery by October 15 each year. No special permit is needed for the bow hunts, however, all hunters are required to check in prior to hunting and check out when leaving the refuge. All hunters, regardless of age, are required to possess a State Hunter Safety Certification card when waterfowl hunting and proof of completion of the International Bowhunters Education Program when bowhunting on the refuge. More information is available from the refuge headquarters.


Hunting season is from October 1 - February 15. Bald eagles can be seen from October to May but move off the refuge and out of Louisiana in the late spring and summer months.



The refuge is located approximately 6 miles southwest of Houma, Louisiana, which is approximately 55 miles southwest of New Orleans. The refuge is only accessible by boat. The headquarters is located five miles west of Houma, on LA Highway 182.

Phone Numbers


(985) 853-1078