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Mandalay NWR

national-wildlife-refuge-logoEstablished: 1996.
Acres: 4,212, located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
Location: The refuge is located five miles south of Houma, LA. Houma is approximately 60 miles southwest of New Orleans, LA. The refuge is only accessible by boat. The headquarters is located five miles west of Houma, LA on LA Highway 182.

Natural History:
Abundant wildlife such as alligators, wading birds, ducks and bald eagles.
Beautiful fresh marsh with ponds, levees and man-made canals.
Oil and gas wells, and the Gulf-Intracoastal Waterway are important to the area.

Financial Impact of Refuge:
Big Branch Marsh, Bogue Chitto, Breton, Delta, Bayou Sauvage, Bayou Teche, Mandalay and Atchafalaya NWRs are administered under the Southeast Louisiana Complex. Of the FY06 total $2,325,000 budget, $205,000 is identified for Mandalay and Bayou Teche refuges. Two staff from the Southeast Louisiana Refuge Complex, a biologist and refuge
manager, report to Mandlay refuge daily.
2,000 visitors annually.

Refuge Objectives:
Provide the highest quality migratory bird habitat possible.
Provide for the needs of endangered plants and animals.
Allow compatible public uses such as fishing, trapping, wildlife observation and photography.
Promote research and restoration of wetland resources.
Provide opportunities for environmental education and interpretation when possible.

Management Tools:
Aquatic vegetation control.
Erosion control.
Law enforcement.

Public Use Opportunities:
Wildlife observation.

Calendar of Events:
January – December: fishing, wildlife
observation, photography and boating.

Mandalay NWR is located approximately six miles southwest of Houma, Louisiana, which is approximately 55 miles southwest of New Orleans. Access is by boat only. Both a Lottery waterfowl hunt and a bow hunt for white-tailed deer and feral hogs are held annually. Waterfowl hunters must apply for the lottery by October 15 each year. No special permit is needed for the bow hunts, however, all hunters are required to check in prior to hunting and check out when leaving the refuge. All hunters, regardless of age, are required to possess a State Hunter Safety Certification card when waterfowl hunting and proof of completion of the International Bowhunters Education Program when bowhunting on the refuge. More information is available from the refuge headquarters. Please refer to and follow all hunting and fishing regulations listed within the refuge’s hunting, fishing and public use brochure.

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