Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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480 Richland Place Monroe, LA 71203

1700-acre lake, nature trails/boardwalks, pier, observation deck, nature center, fishing, birdwatching, environmental education, canoe rentals, boating. The visitor center, a restored 19th-century planter's house, was purchased and renovated with funds raised almost entirely from the private sector. Next to the visitor center are the Conservation Learning Center with live animal exhibits, an arboretum with native Louisiana woody plants, and a prairie demonstration area with native wildflowers.