Plan Your Visit

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Visitor Center:

Explore the exhibit hall to discover more about the refuge and the wildlife that calls it home!  Refuge staff and volunteers can help answer questions you may have about the refuge.

Red River National Wildlife Refuge
150 Eagle Bend Point
Bossier City, LA 71112
Telephone: (318) 742-1219
Fax: (318) 742-1259

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Visitor Center Hours 
Monday        8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (as volunteer staffing allows)
Sunday1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (as volunteer staffing allows)


*Refuge property is open during daylight hours.  Nighttime entry is prohibited*

The visitor center nature store is operated by the Friends of Red River Refuge and is open when volunteers are available to staff it. If you're making a special trip to buy something from the nature store, please call ahead to see if it is open.




From I-20: Take the Hamilton Road exit (20A) and turn south on Hamilton Road toward the casino. Turn left onto the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway and travel 6 miles south on parkway, the refuge entrance will be on your right

From southern Bossier Parish: Take Barksdale Blvd/Hwy 71 to the stop light intersection of Sligo Road by Parkway High School. Turn right (west) onto the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway extension (Sligo extension) and drive approximately 2.5 miles to the entrance of Red River Refuge (on the left).

From southern Shreveport: Cross over the Jimmie Davis/70th Street Bridge heading toward Bossier City and immediately take the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway ramp on the right.  At the stop sign turn left onto the parkway and drive south approximately .7 mile to the refuge entrance (on the right).


Refuge Maps

Refuge Hunting/Fishing Permit 



Points of Interest:

Hiking Trails: There are 5 miles of hiking trails at the Visitor Center/Headquarters Unit of the refuge. Hiking trails are open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset and dogs are welcome but they must be on a leash, please be respectful to other visitors and pick up after your pet. Don't forget to take a camera with you and watch for wildlife as you hike!

Educational Programs: School groups, home school groups, scouts, and others are invited to join us at the refuge to discover more about wildlife. Information about visiting the refuge as a group can be found by clicking here.

Special Events: The refuge offers special events and activities throughout the year, including the annual Fall Wildlife Celebration! Check our Events Calendar for upcoming activities!

Hunting/Fishing: Anybody wishing to hunt and fish on the refuge must understand the refuge rules and regulations and carry a signed copy of the refuge hunting and fishing permit.


Know Before You Go:

When walking out trails, watch your step as there may be fallen tree branches, holes, and uneven ground. During the summer heat and humidity can turn a simple hike into a dangerous situation, always carry water, wear a hat, and wear sunscreen. The refuge is home to many plants and animals, some of which may itch, bite, or sting - click here to learn about which plants, snakes, and stinging insects you should be aware of while visiting the refuge.