Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is one of five refuges managed in the North Louisiana Refuges Complex and one of over 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.  It was established in 1997 through a unique partnership with the city of Monroe, Louisiana. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a free 99-year lease to manage the city-owned lake. 

The 1,600 acre scenic lake, a central feature of the refuge, is studded with picturesque baldcypress and tupelo trees and surrounded by swamps that graduate into bottomland hardwoods and then into upland mixed pine/hardwoods.

The 4,500-acre refuge supports an excellent fisheries resource and provides valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl, neotropical migratory songbirds, and many resident wildlife species.

Just north of Monroe off Hwy 165 on Richland Place, this semi-urban refuge is ideally located to provide a great place for wildlife and a great place for people to connect with the natural world.

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Hours & Fees
The refuge lands and water are open year-round, from dawn to dusk. There are no admission fees, however a $2 fee is required to launch boats on the lake.

Visitor Center Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 8:am to 4:00pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
The Visitor Center is closed on all federal holidays.

Contact Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

North Louisiana Refuge Complex
11372 Hwy 143
Farmerville, Louisiana  71241
Phone: (318) 726-4222
Fax: (318) 726-4667


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

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