Being able to explore the wetlands & marshes of Louisiana is something we should be thankful for. There are only a few parks that allow you to really dive deep into exploring the environment, and if you're looking for things to do in Louisiana, you'll definitely want to explore this wildlife refuge center.

At the National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe, you will find Black Bayou Lake. The trails will wind you around the refuge, giving you a first-hand feel for the state's enchanting environment. The boardwalk is only one of the many trails at this stunning site, but it is the one you will want to explore the most. 

The massive Black Bayou Lake is so blue, it's sure to be the highlight of your adventure. Walking across its boardwalk will take you on a watery wildlife safari, admiring all the different animals that make the lake a home. 

There's so much to explore on the lake that sits beautifully tucked away on 1,700 acres of landscape. The boardwalk trail is only one mile, so you won't get too worn out that you won't want to explore the rest of the park.

You'll be surrounded by lush forest, canopied by branches, as you hear all the animals residing chirp and squeak away. You might even be able to spot a few when you stop to take a stunning selfie.

The boardwalk will eventually lead you to the lake, actually walking you out over it. Do not be surprised if you see a few alligators and snakes when you're out there. This is where you'll want to take a hundred pictures because it's really so beautiful. 

You can also rent canoes and kayaks to go out on the water after you have explored the boardwalk. There will be cypress and tupelo trees that you paddle through, giving you a chance to get up close and personal with wildlife with the most breathtaking views.

The refuge is completely free to explore and hike for a super affordable day out. It's only costs $20 to rent a canoe or kayak for half of a day and $35 for a full day; we spy a cheap date day with boo in your future.

If you're looking for more places to admire wildlife, there is actually another wetland type area near Marrero, Louisiana where you can encounter alligators on your hike, or take yourself on an African Safari at this wildlife refuge.

If wild animals aren't really your thing this Louisiana park is an enchanting floral oasis for the dreamiest selfies.

 

Black Bayou Lake 

Price: Free

Address: 480 Richland Place, Monroe, LA 71203

Why You Need To Go: You can walk down a boardwalk to see the massive blue lake and you might even see some wild animals on your adventure. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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