|Black Bayou Lake
Black Bayou Lake is located in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, near Monroe, and this lake is not to be confused with Black Bayou Reservoir, which is located in Bossier Parish in the northwestern part of this state. Black Bayou Lake is surrounded by the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge that covers over 6,500 square miles. The City of Monroe owns this 1,600-acre lake, and has leased the water and the surrounding lands free to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 99 years to manage the properties. The refuge and its waters are open year-round from dawn to dusk.
Black Bayou Lake is open for fishing from dawn to dusk every day. Parking is available near the boat launch, but no vehicles are allowed overnight.
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An improved boat launch ramp provides access to Black Bayou Lake near the visitor's center on the west shores of the lake. Motorized boats are allowed, but motors are limited to a maximum 50 HP. A two-dollar fee is required to launch any boat, including canoes. Boat lanes are available, and boaters should be aware that the water is filled with stumps and Cypress and tupelo trees beyond those lanes.
No camping is allowed at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, but campers can find a few private campgrounds in the region, and RV owners can try their luck in Monroe. Other accommodations are available outside the refuge, such as short-term rentals and hotels near and in Monroe.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Black Bayou Lake is located in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, just eleven miles north of Monroe and near the towns of Swartz and Sterlington. Monroe has a major airport, which is located six miles from the center of Monroe.
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