U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge Facts Public Use Opportunities
■ Established: 1935. ■ Canoeing.
■ Acres: 48,800. ■ Boating.
■ Located in Lower Plaquemines ■ Bird watching.
Parish. Nearest town is Venice, ■ Fishing.
LA. Refuge sub-headquarters are
located in Venice. Actual refuge ■ Hunting.
location is 5 miles south of Venice ■ Photography.
near Pilot Town at the mouth of
the Mississippi River. Access is Calendar of Events
by boat or aircraft only. September: teal season.
October: deer hunting (archery only).
Refuge is part of St. Bernard Delta October-February: rabbit season.
which was formed by sediment deposits November-January: duck season.
from the Mississippi River. Refuge was
established as a bird sanctuary. Large Questions and Answers
concentrations of ducks, geese, raptors, When does the hunting season begin
wading birds, shorebirds, and several on Delta NWR?
bird rookeries are on the refuge. The early teal season begins in mid-
Refuge is almost entirely marsh with September. The early archery season
very little upland habitat. for deer is October 1-31; the duck
season usually starts in late November,
Financial Impact of Refuge pursuant to state regulations.
■ 300,000 visitors annually.
■ Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Where is the best place to hunt on the
Breton, Delta, Bayou Sauvage, refuge?
Bayou Teche, Mandalay and Only a portion of the refuge is open to
Atchafalaya NWRs are hunting. Only those areas north of
administered under the Main Pass and south of Raphael Pass
Southeast Louisiana Complex are open to hunting. With this in mind
with a total O&M budget for the most productive hunting areas
FY06 of $2,325,000 and 20.6 are the splays and bayous north of
employees. Main Pass.
Refuge Objectives Can you fish in the bird sanctuary
■ Provide wintering habitat and after noon during the migratory
sanctuary for waterfowl and waterfowl hunting season?
other migratory birds. No! The bird sanctuary is closed to all
public use during the migratory
■ To protect and enhance waterfowl hunting season. This is
endangered species. done to minimize disturbance to
■ To restore and preserve wintering waterfowl.
Is camping allowed on the refuge?
Kenneth Litzenberger, Project Leader ■ To provide compatible consumptive Camping is not allowed on the refuge.
Jack Bohannan, Refuge Manager and non-consumptive public use.
Southeast Louisiana Refuges
Management Tools Is commercial fishing, crabbing and
Bayou Lacombe Centre
■ Habitat restoration through
shrimping allowed on the refuge?
61389 Highway 434
Crevasse Program. No! Commercial fishing is not allowed
Lacombe, LA 70445
on the refuge. However recreational
Phone: 985/882 2000 Law enforcement.
■ fishing is allowed on the refuge. Delta
Fax: 985/882 9133
NWR has some of best fisheries
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Environmental education. resources in the U.S. Sport shrimping
■ Partnerships. is not allowed.