Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
Sabine National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 and is the largest coastal marsh refuge on the Gulf of Mexico. The primary management objective of the refuge is to preserve a large area of coastal wetlands for wintering and migrating waterfowl from both the Mississippi and Central Flyways. This refuge is a major nursery area for many estuarine-dependent marine species as well as home to alligators and other reptiles, mammals, and numerous wading, water, and marsh birds.

This 124,511 acre coastal marsh National Wildlife Refuge provides important habitat for more than 300 species of birds, 26 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles and amphibians, 132 species of fish and 68 species of marine invertebrates. Wildlife species diversity in productive coastal wetlands is second only to rainforest wildlife diversity.

Numerous recreational opportunities are available year round. Hiking, wildlife observation and photography are popular at the Wetland Walkway and Blue Goose Trail. The Wetland Walkway is a 1.5 mile walking trail including a section of boardwalk across a freshwater marsh, an observation tower with viewing scopes, five trail rest shelters with benches, interpretive signs, and a restroom facility. The Blue Goose Trail is a one mile foot path that leads you through a brackish marsh community to the edge of Calcasieu Lake. The area includes an observation tower, restroom, and numerous interpretive signs about the area.

Crabbing and fishing opportunities are available year round at Northline, Hog Island Gully, Blue Crab, and West Cove Recreation Areas. Several of the areas have improved fishing piers which are wheelchair accessible. Seasonal cast netting is permitted from a boat only. Boat launching and boat activities including fishing, crabbing, photography, and wildlife observation are permitted from March 15 through October 15 from sunrise to sunset. For activity details please pick up a Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex Fishing Brochure available at each recreation site.

Public waterfowl hunting is available in designated hunt areas on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during the Louisiana teal season and the west zone duck and coot season. All hunters are required to obtain, read and sign a copy of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex Hunting Regulations, which may be picked up at the Sabine West Cove Recreation area kiosk, the Complex office at Cameron Prairie NWR, or by calling the Complex Headquarters at 337-598-2216 to request a mailed copy. A limited lottery alligator hunt takes place during the Louisiana fall alligator season.

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Contact Sabine National Wildlife Refuge

Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges
3000 Holly Beach Highway
Hackberry, Louisiana  70645
Phone: 337-762-3816


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Cameron Parish, Louisiana

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