The refuge headquarters and visitors center are accessed via a dedicated exit from the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway. If coming from Shreveport, go over the Jimmie Davis/70th Street Bridge and take the A.R. Teague Parkway ramp on the Bossier Parish side, drive south about 0.6 miles to the refuge entrance. Coming from the south in Bossier City, take Barksdale Boulevard/LA-71 to the stop light intersection with Sligo Road by Parkway High School. Turn west onto the A. R. Teague Parkway extension and drive approximately 2.6 miles to the entrance of Red River National Wildlife Refuge (on the left). If you are coming from Bossier City, take the A. R. Teague Parkway to the refuge.

The Red River National Wildlife Refuge stretches 120 miles along the Red River, from Colfax north to the Louisiana-Arkansas border. The refuge has four units: Headquarters (Bossier Parish), Bayou Pierre Floodplain (Red River and Desoto Parishes), Spanish Lake Lowlands (Natchitoches Parish), and Lower Cane River (Natchitoches Parish). 

The birding is excellent year-round throughout most of the refuge, particularly along the waterways such as Bayou Pierre, Lake Caroline (at the refuge headquarters unit), and the Red River itself. With 1524 checklists completed, 244 species have been observed. 

The refuge is a critical stopover point for over 200 species of migratory songbirds and shorebirds and provides wintering grounds for waterfowl and wading birds. The refuge forests are dominated by upland and bottomland hardwood habitats, which annually host various migrant, nesting, and wintering flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, and other songbirds. 

Meanwhile, pockets of cypress-tupelo swamp attract wading birds along with Wood Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Pileated Woodpecker, and Prothonotary Warbler, among others. Early spring, late fall, and winter are the best times for viewing waterfowl. 

Late spring and summer are great for wading birds, while woodland songbirds are plentiful throughout the year. Spring and summer neotropical species are replaced by a healthy contingent of thrushes, warblers, sparrows, and field birds during the fall and winter months. Winter is the time to look for Smith’s Longspur and Harris’s Sparrow. Aside from birding, visitors may enjoy hiking, paddling, photography, hunting, and fishing here. 

Drinking Fountains
Gift Shop
Gravel Trails
Visitors Center/Nature Center