About Friends of Black Bayou ("FoBB") Nonprofit Group
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge opened in July 1997, and the Friends of Black Bayou group came into existence in August 1997.
The Refuge consists of 5,300 acres including a 1,700-acre lake and beautiful wetlands. The Visitor Center was originally a planter’s home built in the 1880s and renovated by the Friends of Black Bayou.
The Conservation Learning Center is a building separate from the Visitor Center; it provides excellent wildlife and conservation education to the public. Besides a well-equipped classroom, there are live wildlife exhibits, including aquariums with some of the area's freshwater fish like bass and gar. There are also live (non-venomous) snakes in safe displays, so people can learn about snakes. There are also small alligators and turtles in their own display in the corner of the room, in an enclosure that is safe for both visitors and animals.
Some of the opportunities for visitors to Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge include the following:
Visitor Center with excellent interactive displays and a gift shop
Conservation Learning Center, complete with educational classroom and live wildlife displays
Wetlands ponds area
1200-foot wildlife observation pier
Mile-long nature trail (paved and boardwalk) through wetlands
Eight miles of rustic trails
Wildflower and prairie area with concrete walkways
Hunting area (brochures with regulations available)
Canoe and kayak rentals
and many other opportunities for wildlife observation, education, photography and more.
Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located 7 miles north of I-20, about 1.5 miles north of CenturyLink headquarters, off US Hwy 165. And one more thing about us....we're on FaceBook, too!
About Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Birds, Butterflies, Alligators, Fish, Turtles, Deer, Raccoons, Armadillo, Snakes, Foxes, and lots more wild animals make their home here. The folks at the NWR have some great information about the refuge.
Mission Statement, adopted 2012: The Friends of Black Bayou, Inc., is committed to community stewardship of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and by extension the entire National Wildlife Refuge System, through preservation and restoration of the natural environment as well as increased public awareness, appreciation, education, and responsible recreational use.
FoBB Officers 2017-2018 President: Kristopher Kelley (318) 680-6411, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President: Ann B. Smith (318) 503-5125, email: email@example.com Treasurer: Robert Eisenstadt (318) 342-1151, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Recording Secretary: Theresa Do Membership Secretary: Wanda Kelley Education Director: Rosemary Dillingham Shop Directors: Leslie Calhoun and Gloria Dedmon At-Large Board Members: Becky Ham, Nancy Blackwell, Miriam Schrock, Monica Boudreaux, Rocky Boudreaux, Allen Dunn, and Kelby Ouchley
Contact the Visitor Center at 318-387-1114 for more information.
Website maintained and updated by Friends of Black Bayou Volunteers. Please let us know if you see something that needs changing. All content is copyrighted by Friends of Black Bayou, Inc., respective owners of content.
Note to Photographers: All photos used on the FoBB web site are with permission. We may have cropped or optimized some of the photos to fit the pages and load quicker. If we have used YOUR photo and you would prefer that we remove it, Please send us an email and let us know. We do plan to change photos often. Thank you for continuing to share your talents and the refuge with the rest of the world.