Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge (RWR) is located in southwestern Louisiana within Cameron and Vermilion parishes. It is owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and managed by the Coastal Nongame Resources Division. RWR is ~71,500 acres of mostly marshlands, and the refuge is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico for ~26 miles.
The primary goals of RWR are to provide a refuge for wildlife and fisheries species, while also conducting research in an "outdoor laboratory" setting to address biological questions related to marsh management, wildlife, or fisheries resources. Secondary goals include providing public education and outreach opportunities to groups of all ages, as well as providing a destination for outdoor recreation. Many of these goals are accomplished in collaboration with universities, conservation organizations, and youth education groups.
The refuge is open to the public from official sunrise to sunset, with certain portions of the refuge closed between December 1 - March 1. Click Here for more public user information (e.g., refuge regulations, map, etc.).
Address: Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
5476 Grand Chenier Highway
Grand Chenier, LA 70643
Phone: (337) 491-2593
Fax: (337) 491-2595
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Price Lake Rd. remains closed, it will reopen on March 1, 2016. Joseph's Harbor Boat Launch is still open and accessible, as are many of the waterways on the refuge.
- Refuge research biologist Will Selman attends international workshop to discuss conservation and management of Whooping Cranes.
- Refuge research biologists Samantha Collins and Will Selman provide presentations at the Southeastern Partners in Flight meeting on a neotropical migrant banding station and long-term Brown Pelican colony dynamics in Louisiana, respectively.
- Research Biologist Will Selman provided instruction on wetland management and waterfowl to Dr. Brian Davis' waterfowl class from Mississippi State University
October 2015 - Refuge Biologist Samantha Collins provided instruction on wetlands and a tour of Rockefeller to Dr. Tommy Michot’s Wildlife Ecology and Management class.
4 September 2015 - REFUGE CANAL CLOSURE. A section of the Price Lake Canal will be closed to the public and any boat traffic starting on Tuesday, September 8th for a levee construction project. The closure area is west of the South Unit 3 structure to the intersection of the Bertrand Canal. It will remain closed until further notice. Click here for a map of closure area.