Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Opening The Jaws Of A New Alligator Exhibit

Apr 18, 2019
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Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge has finally done it. The alligator exibit is finally ready to be unveild. This exibit has been a feature for many years and the tank and enclosure has been fully replaced. The enlarged tank provides an excellent habitat for turtles and alligators alike. This exhibit can be found in the Conservation Learning Center. It is perfect for safe observation for the public, especially children and school groups. This exhibit will highlight the diversity and key species present in the lake while providing great educational outreach. 

A Weekend With Black Bayou

Dec 20, 2018
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Celebrate this year's Winter Solstice at the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Warm up Friday, December 21 with hot cocoa and s'mores around a bonfire from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. The moon will be full and the day will be the shortest of the year. 

Friends of Black Bayou Lake NWR /

Winners of the fourteenth annual Friends of Black Bayou photo contest were named on October 6, 2018, with a scenic/professional division photo called “Full Moon Ibis” by local photographer William Watson winning Best of Show.

All photos in the contest were taken at the North Louisiana Refuges Complex, including Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge and Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge.

Nova Clarke, / Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the Annual Summer Solstice Paddle June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the refuge. The after-hours paddle celebrates the beginning of summer.

Mel Mobley / New Music on the Bayou

New Music on the Bayou Festival is May 31 - June 2 in Ruston and Monroe. The concert series features both local and international composers.

Take a Walk in the Wildlife

Feb 28, 2018
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The Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is having Forester Chris Foster lead the Invasive Species Walk and Talk Saturday, March 2 from 10-2.

Chris Foster, a forester at the North Louisiana Refuges Complex, is hosting the walk and talk to raise awareness about the invasive species present in the Northeast Louisiana region. Many people know about the kudzu issue, but there are several other species threatening local waterways and plant life.

Local Wildlife Biologist Talks Alligators

Jan 22, 2018

Kelby Ouchley, wildlife biologist, author and radio host, will speak on American alligators Thursday, Feb. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville. Ouchley wrote a book on the subject in 2013 titled, American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World. The talk is the first of several events in conjunction with the museum's exhibit of art by nine regional wildlife artists.


Empty Bowls Fill Plates

Jan 19, 2018
Courtesy of Sarah Hoffman, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana

Your empty bowl could fill another's plate Saturday, January 27 at Empty Bowls: A Serving of Food, Art, and Music! The fundraiser is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ouachita Candy Company Warehouse.

Empty Bowls is a fundraising event which benefits the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. It presents local food, art, and live music. After a wildly successful first year in 2017, the Food Bank has decided to make this fundraiser an annual event in the community.