Beginning in late January, thousands of Great Egrets, followed by Little Blue Herons, Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills make their nests and rear their young in the rookery. Great Blue Herons and Neotropic Cormorants may be seen in the distant tree tops. Expect a spectacular rookery view from March through June. The 2.5-mile walking levee trail is open from the fall to the spring and is suitable for children. Because this remarkable natural area is easily accessible and affords visitors with incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, our Cypress Island Preserve receives thousands of visitors a year from all over the world. Please visit our boardwalk and Visitor Center with picnic pavilion where Rookery Road meets LA Hwy 353.
The Visitor Center is generally open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on weekends year-round and during the week from Wednesday through Sunday during the busy springtime. Please call first for current hours at (337) 342-2475. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteer opportunities at the preserve, including working with a team of docents to staff the Visitor Center.
What the Conservancy Is Doing
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana's goal is to restore 20,000-acres of natural cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood forest, in order to support a diverse array of indigenous species of plants and wildlife. We offer a community gathering place and education about the natural wonders of Louisiana in the Visitor Center.