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Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge

Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana

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  • Informative panels found next to the visitor center. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Hollow Cypress Boardwalk that leads to the Observation Tower.- Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • There are several informative posts along the boardwalk. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Observation tower. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • More information found along the boardwalk!- Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge is big on information. There are several of these signs along the Greenlea Drive. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • A little raccoon stopped to say hello. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • The palms in the area add nice coverage for the plentiful wildlife. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • A dock sits above Rainey Lake. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Interesting root formations found on the edge of Rainey Lake. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Rainey Lake Trail.- Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Fungus grows on a dead log. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Twilight over the bayou. - Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge
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Pros: 
Lots of wildlife. Beautiful lakes.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Mississippi River Delta, LA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge offers several opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts including paddling, hiking, hunting, birding and fishing. Fish are plentiful in Tensas River as well as the lakes and bayous that are part of the refuge. The refuge was established in 1980 in the Tenses River Basin in northeastern Louisiana. The forests of Tensas River cover a vast area and are composed of hardwood forests, swamps, and a few lakes.

There are many areas of Tensas National Wildlife Refuge worth exploring, but one area you should take the time to visit are the points of interest that surround the the visitor center. You can start out by taking a stroll down the Hollow Cypress Boardwalk to the Observation Tower. The boardwalk is found directly behind the visitor center and offers glimpses at the local wildlife. For even more chances at wildlife viewing, take a drive along the scenic 4.5-mile long Greenlea Bend Wildlife Drive. The drive will take you through some cooperative farming units, moist-soiled units, and reforested areas. 

After taking a drive on the Greenlea Bend you’ll reach a sign for Rainey Lake Trail. Follow the sign and park where the road ends in a cul-de-sac. Keep your eyes open for raccoons and armadillos. Once you come across the beautiful Rainey Lake you may feel like you’ve stumbled onto a secret that’s best shared between close friends, but it is in fact there for everyone to enjoy! Guests are welcome to fish from the pier. 

There are a few options for those who are interested in getting out on the water there are a few options, and the Fool River Boat Ramp to Ben Lilly Boat Ramp Paddling Trail is a highlight. No longer a river but an isolated lake, Fool River was once a channel of Tensas River. The paddle trail is 15.2 miles long and a great way to view wildlife in the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge.

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