Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

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Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

Louisiana

(318) 574-2664

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Things To Do

Overview

The Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge, located in northeast Louisiana, is one of the largest continuous blocks of bottomland hardwoods remaining in the nation, and is home to one of the last concentrations of the threatened Louisiana black bear. Programs on the refuge include cooperative farming, black bear research, neotropical migrant bird research, environmental education, and consumptive and non-consumptive public use programs. Visitors to the Refuge can hunt, fish, and hike on 76,000 acres of land.

Map of TENSAS RIVER NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 32.305416, -91.359558

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boats will not be left overnight on the Refuge. Non-motorized boats, electric motors and outboard motors not greater than 10 hp are allowed in all Refuge lakes, streams, and bayous. All motorized boats must utilize navigation lights according to State regulations.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is available year-round. State fishing regulations apply; contact the Refuge office for details.

  • Hiking

    The Tensas River offers two interpreted hiking trails--the .25-mile-long Hollow Cypress Wildlife Trail and the 3.5-mile-long Rainey Lake Hiking Trail. The Hollow Cypress Wildlife Trail and the first .25 mile of the Rainey Lake Hiking Trail are fully accessible. In addition to the designated hiking trails, approximately 30 miles of ATV trails are open to hikers, as are many abandoned logging roads.

  • Hunting

    Deer, migratory bird and small game hunting is available on the Refuge from November through January; more information is available on the Refuge website. Lottery Hunt permits are required for the two 2-day Lottery Hunts for deer. Permits are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Seasonality/Weather

The refuge is open to hunters from November through January, and offers hiking and fishing year-round.

Directions

Driving

Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge is located in three parishes of northeast Louisiana. The visitor center and headquarters are approximately 60 miles east of Monroe, Louisiana, and 35 miles west of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

To reach the visitor center and headquarters heading eastbound on I-20: Exit at Waverly (exit 157). Make a left onto Hwy 577. After approximately 1½ -2 miles, make a right onto Hwy 80 heading eastbound towards Tallulah. Drive approximately 8 miles and make a right onto Fred Morgan, Sr. Road. Drive the approximately 6 miles of gravel road and 4.5 miles of paved road. The visitor center and headquarters is on the left.

To reach the visitor center and headquarters heading westbound on I-20: Exit at Tallulah (exit 171). Make a right onto Hwy 65 and drive approximately 2 miles in Tallulah. Make a left between the court house and Popeyes onto Hwy 80 (westbound). Drive approximately 7-8 miles on Hwy 80 and make a left onto Fred Morgan, Sr. Road. Follow the remaining directions above.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(318) 574-2664

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