Red River National Wildlife Refuge
The Red River National Wildlife Refuge was signed into law on October 13, 2000 by President Bill Clinton. In August 2002, the refuge dedication was held after the first 1377 acres were purchased at the refuge’s Spanish Lake Lowlands focus area. The legislation that established the refuge stated that the refuge shall consist of up to 50,000 acres of federal lands and water along that section of the Red River between Colfax, Louisiana and the Arkansas state line, a distance of approximately 120 miles. Currently the Service has acquired over 10,600 acres in Bossier, Caddo, Red River, Desoto and Natchitoches Parishes with other lands in the acquisition phase.

Red River NWR is a critical stop over point for migratory birds and provides crucial wintering grounds for waterfowl and wading birds. Over 80,000 waterfowl utilize the refuge for feeding and resting annually and over 200 species of neo-tropical migratory song birds seek refuge here. The refuge is situated in the West Gulf Coastal Plain Conservation Region, the Lower Mississippi River Ecosystem and in the confluence of the Central and Mississippi flyways.

The Red River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters is located along the Red River in Bossier Parish, in northwestern Louisiana. The Headquarters Unit is open for fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and photography from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. The new Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and on most weekends. The Nature Store in the Visitor Center is currently open when trained volunteers are available. The new Education Center is now open for programs; visit the Education and Interpretation link to schedule your request. Informational brochures about the Refuge and regulations regarding public use of the Refuge’s four units are available at the Visitor Center and in kiosks on the various units.

Contact Red River National Wildlife Refuge

U.S Fish & Wildlife Service
150 Eagle Bend Point
Bossier City, Louisiana  71112
Phone: (318) 742-1219
Fax: (318) 742-1259


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Bossier Parish, Louisiana
  • Caddo Parish, Louisiana

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