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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Nice place for a stroll, short trails, lots of critters

We saw a baby alligator, birds, a snake, and others. The trails are well maintained. Bring a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Harley B
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Tadpole adventures for ages three to five are free and educational!

Black Bayou has free activities open to the public very regularly, but being a mom of two small... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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480 Richland Place Dr, Monroe, LA 71203-8868
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw a baby alligator, birds, a snake, and others. The trails are well maintained. Bring a camera!

Thank Harley B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Black Bayou has free activities open to the public very regularly, but being a mom of two small kids we take advantage of the fun events for their ages. Ms. Nova is extremely knowledgeable, keeps the kids’ interests, and can also teach the parents a...More

Thank Buymonroe
Reviewed July 9, 2018

It is free, and it is spectacular. Close access to native swamp habitant and wildlife, including numerous migratory and native birds, alligators and other reptiles, deer, bobcats, nesting bald eagles, and so on. Plenty of trials to hike, inexpensive rentals of canoes and kayaks, a...More

Thank dv3law
Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

Had a great time walking on the trails in the wildlife refuge. Make sure you walk out onto the piers to see the trees in the water. Folks were fishing on the piers. It is an easy walking path including elevated areas. In addition to...More

1  Thank Cynthia B
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

We took our two Pre-K classes and they enjoyed the nature walk and they even got a chance to see an alligator in the water. We went inside and looked at the animals then we had a sack lunch on the grounds. The children really...More

2  Thank Kbrezzy
Reviewed March 4, 2018

I've been to more interesting National Wildlife Refuges in terms of what can be seen from the readily accessible points (observation deck, blind, trails nearby), but this one has to rank near the top for what can be heard, not seen. After pausing at the...More

2  Thank canbelto
Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

When you are road tripping you need to find cost effective but nice stops in the town of choice. This was excellent, tour and pictures for no cost. Now here is my problem... my kids have no tolerance for bugs and nature, walking through the...More

4  Thank Malin M
Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit here for multiple reasons. They offer top notch educational activities @ no charge to the public. They have excellent hiking trails. There is so much to see here. I love hiking the trails with my family or solo. There's always an...More

2  Thank Hola624
Reviewed August 11, 2017

We were disappointed because the first road we saw beyond the sign had a small walking trail with a couple of small "ponds:. We didn't ever see the boardwalk. We probably just didn't drive far enough.

1  Thank jenniferbX1444IO
Reviewed July 19, 2017

I stopped here in April. Went to the visitors center and got a map of the trails and spoke to the guy working there. Said there were three different types of poisonous snakes in the area and if you see a snake on the trail...More

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