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​We hope you enjoy a visit to the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge

The Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge is composed of wet bottomland hardwood crossed by bayous and canals. The 12,000 acre refuge is dedicated to preserving and managing the habitat of the threatened Louisiana black bear. The refuge spans the areas of Franklin, Centerville and Garden City in Louisiana and is continually growing. It provides habitat for fish and wildlife species, environmental education, and opportunities for public recreation.


The Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, established in 2005, aid in the refuge goals to preserve habitat. The Friends promote the mission of the refuge and each year lead guided hiking and paddle trips so that others can enjoy the beauty of the refuge and Louisiana. We hope that you will enjoy seeing what the refuge has to offer!

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