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.
August 2, 2019
- Price Lake Road has reopened completely. The southern portion was closed after Hurricane Barry. Water is off the road and the fishing piers are accessible.
March 16, 2018
- Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge’s Unit 4 Concrete Structure to Close on March 18.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close Unit 4 concrete water control structure at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge for upgrades to the structure. Refuge patrons will be allowed to use the structure this weekend. The closure will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at sunset. Expected closure could be through the month of July before opening to the public.
February 27, 2018
- Price Lake Road will REOPEN on March 1, 2018.
December 1, 2017
- Price Lake Road is closed from December 1 to March 1, 2018.
October 3, 2017
- The southside of Price Lake Road will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday October 4, 2017 at official sunrise.
Work crews finished adding gravel and grading the road this morning. This area had been closed since Hurricane Harvey due to high water.
August 31, 2017
- UPDATE: The refuge will reopen tomorrow, September 1, 2017. The Southside of Price Lake Rd. will remain closed. Users please be safe around fast moving water currents.
August 25, 2017
- The refuge is closed due to Hurricane Harvey approaching the western Gulf Coast. Please check back for more updates after the storm passes.
July 21, 2017
- Price Lake Road will reopen, Friday, July 21, 2017, at official sunrise.
- Work crews were able to access the south side of the road today and place 15 truckloads of gravel, repairing damages sustained during Tropical Storm Cindy in June 2017.
July 19, 2017
- Price Lake Road (South side) remains closed indefinitely. We are still unable to get gravel trucks down the road to begin with repairs.
- Shrimp Season was closed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on July 14, therefore the allotted amount of Shrimp a user can have on Rockefeller is 10 pounds.
June 28, 2017
- Price Lake Rd. will reopen the front half of the road on Friday, June 30. Fishing roadside will be allowed all the way to the bird observatory.
June 27, 2017
- Price Lake Rd. remains closed, as water is still high on the backside of the area. All other areas are open to the public, this includes Joseph Harbor Boat Launch. We are asking visitors to steer clear of Tom Hess Water Structure for the next few days.