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National Wildlife Refuge Complex, a Key Site for America’s Waterfowl

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The Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex features some of the most significant locations for migratory waterfowl in the U.S.. The complex is comprised of four different wildlife refuges: Cameron Prairie, Lacassine, Sabine and Shell Keys, on a combined 184,000 acres of preserved coastal land. The nature sites provide a scenic setting for a variety of family activities including fishing, crabbing, boating, hunting, observing nature, hiking and birding. The complex is located about 30 minutes south of Lake Charles.

Cameron Prairie features a visitor’s center, exhibits and auto-tour route. The popular refuge is part of the Creole Nature Trail All American Road, which attracts more than 200,000 people annually. Lacassine attracts some of the largest concentrations of wintering ducks and geese in the U.S.. The site has a nature drive, foot trails and an observation tower for viewing wildlife such as bald eagles, peregrine falcons and Louisiana black bear. Sabine is the largest coastal marsh refuge on the Gulf of Mexico and includes the 1.5-mile Wetland Walkway and observation tower. In addition, the site features a number of saltwater and freshwater fishing spots. The Blue Goose Trail, also at Sabine, is a one-mile foot path that leads visitors through a marsh to the edge of Calcasieu Lake. The area includes an observation tower and informational signs about the native wildlife and fauna.