Description - The mission of these refuges and the Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. Louisiana has an important collection of National Wildlife
Refuges designed to protect coastal wetlands and the
Mississippi River delta.
- The refuges are also an important
resting areas for neo-tropical migratory birds that have just
completed the difficult crossing of the Gulf of Mexico. The
refuges harbor large populations of the american alligator.
Recreation - The refuges are Primarily provide for the viewing of wildlife but also offer a wealth of natural wonders.
Climate - Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.
Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.
Maps and directions to each refuge are available at the descriptive pages of this section for the individual refuges.