Our mission is to be an advocate for the Red River NWR by promoting conservation, enhancement, and appreciation of our native wildlife communities through education, fund raising, development of partnerships, and developing projects for volunteers.
Our mission is to be an advocate for the Red River
National Wildlife Refuge by promoting and
participating in the conservation, enhancement, and
appreciation of our native wildlife communities
through education, fund raising, development of
partnerships, and development of onsite projects for
Visiting the Refuge
Refuge Headquarters is open every day during daylight hours for walk-in visitors. From the intersection of US 71 (Barksdale Boulevard) and Jimmie Davis Highway (LA 511) in Bossier City, go south about one-half mile on US 71 and turn right (west) on Sunflower Road. Proceed to the end of the road to the refuge entrance. Park in the gravel parking area outside the gate and enter through the pedestrian entrance to the left of the gate. Trail maps are available at the kiosk just inside the entrance. You may also download a printable hiking trail map before you visit.
The Bayou Pierre Unit of the refuge is open to the public. From the blinking caution light at the intersection of LA 1 and LA 509 in Red River Parish, go south on LA 1 for 1.6 miles. Turn left (east) on Grand Bayou Loop/PR 401 and proceed 0.7 miles. On your left you will see the Red River NWR sign and a white house behind it. You may park at the house or go past the house driveway and turn in at the gate nearest the barn to enter the refuge and park in the gravel parking lot.
The Fish & Wildlife Service website provides maps of each refuge unit, including a hiking trail map for the Headquarters Unit and information about where hunting is permitted.
From the intersection of Youree Drive/LA 1 and E. Bert Kouns Loop, follow LA 1 south for 27.7 miles and turn left (east) on Grand Bayou Loop/PR 401 and proceed 0.7 mile. You will see the Red River NWR sign and the white farm house on your left. Turn in at the gate into the driveway.
Additional information: The turn on to Grand Bayou Loop/Parish Road 401 is 1.6 miles south on LA 1 from the blinking caution light at the intersection of LA 1 and LA 509 in Red River Parish. After you pass the traffic light at the intersection of LA 1 and Flournoy Lucas Road in southeast Shreveport, there are no traffic lights at all on LA 1 until the LA 1/LA 509 blinking caution light.
Driving time to the Bayou Pierre unit from the Youree Drive/LA 1 an