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 26, 2019
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will hold its annual nuisance alligator harvest on Wednesday, September 4 through Sept. 11. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the refuge to the public each day until noon for the harvest.
After 12 p.m. each day, the public will be allowed to enter the refuge and utilize recreational areas until official sunset.
The delayed openings will be in effect each day or until all alligator trappers have utilized their tags for this controlled harvest.