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Basic Info about the Refuge

The Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana is around 42,000 acres.

Tne Upper Ouachita NWR more than 40,000 acres of lakes, swamplands, and forests, which includes the Ouachita River. It spans Union and Morehouse Parishes and provides lots of good habitat for songbirds, woodpeckers, raccoons, deer, bears, snakes, and turtles. Although we haven’t personally seen any eagles here, people do report seeing them here, especially at the Mollicy Unit.

Finding the observation tower is extremely difficult, as there aren’t any markings beyond warnings that roads are closed to public traffic pointing the way. The road on the eastern side is also filled with potholes and extremely difficult to navigate. However, the western side of the refuge is easy to find and navigate through, and you can find loads of fun habitat to explore near the river, Finch Lake, Big Lake, and Glaze Creek.

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Cedar Waxwings

Northwest Area
Pearl crescent butterflies on the mudPearl crescent butterflies on the mud

Pearl Crescent Butterflies

Northwest Arera

Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Northwest Area

Lincoln's Sparrow

Northwest Area
Gulf fritillary butterfly on gravelGulf fritillary butterfly on gravel

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Northwest Area
Raccoon tracks in dirtRaccoon tracks in dirt

Raccoon Tracks

Ouachita River

The raccoon is one of our favorite animals in North Louisiana. These famously bad mannered mammals live throughout the Upper Ouachita NWR, and are especially common along the river.

More about How You Can Enjoy the Refuge

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The Upper Ouachita NWR is one of many places you can enjoy our local wildlife. 

Explore North Louisiana's Outdoors.

Learn about national wildlife refuges, Kisatchie National Forest ranger districts, state wildlife management areas, and state parks found throughout North Louisiana.

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