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Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

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Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge

22 Reviews
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CrystalL131313 wrote a review Jan 2021
Marrero, Louisiana, United States22 contributions9 helpful votes
This is definitely not worth the 40 min drive from the West Bank. My husband I live very near the boardwalk trails at Jean Lafitte and have traversed them many times and were looking for something new. This boardwalk is very short and offered little to no wildlife. Additionally, it appeared to be poorly maintained with much trash and debris in the marsh areas around the board walk. Not to mention its so close to chef menteur highway that you can clearly hear all the cars rushing by. If you've never been to Jean Lafitte and you're looking for some nice views of the bayou and wildlife check them out and save yourself some gas.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Frank D wrote a review Apr 2020
Slidell, Louisiana165 contributions12 helpful votes
Bayou Sauvage is NOT near Lacombe! It is just off US Highway 90 - East of I-510 - New Orleans East The Ridge Trail and Joe Madere units are on opposite sides of the highway and less than a mile apart with good signage. Ridge Trail Unit: This area has a really nice parking lot, restroom facilities, a shelter with picnic tables and a great boardwalk that is fully wheelchair accessible. There are numerous benches along the way to rest or just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. The bordwalk is about 1/2 mile and comes out to a roadway that goes about another 1/10 mile back to the parking lot. There are several walkways going off to the side and ending at little observation decks. Joe Madere Marsh Unit: This area has a nice parking lot with a shelter and picnic tables. There is a short boardwalk out to an observation deck. There is also a boat launch which, theoretically, opens out to the marsh and some open water. When I visited, there was a small clear area and it appeared that any outlet was closed off by vegetation.
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Date of experience: April 2020
Kathleen B wrote a review Jan 2020
Pittsburgh192 contributions64 helpful votes
We were literally passing through the New Orleans area and wanted to get a sense of the Bayou but were too late in the day for a swamp tour so we decided to choose this walk. It was an easy walk on a boardwalk and the further you go into the swamp the more interesting it becomes. We didn't see any crocs but the mossy hanging from the trees was very pretty. Would recommend this as a super easy way to get to experience the swamp! And since it was January, there were no bugs!
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Date of experience: January 2020
Carol T wrote a review Apr 2019
Ocean Springs, Mississippi111 contributions33 helpful votes
Nature at its best. This time of year it's an amazing trip to see birds of all kinds. Good for kayaking or photography.
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Date of experience: April 2019
JudySlidell wrote a review Oct 2018
Slidell, La58 contributions66 helpful votes
This is the National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans East, not Big Branch which is in Lacombe. It’s kind of sad to see the lack of maintenance here. The Boardwalks are rotting in places and overrun with vines. Garbage cans are overflowing. This used to be a fairly nice place to go birding, but the maintenance issues really detract from the overall experience.
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Date of experience: October 2018