Pintail Wildlife Drive

Just after pulling off the highway you will see a parking area on the right. Stop here to enjoy a half mile long walk into the wetlands. This accessible boardwalk is equipped with several viewing scopes to aid you in seeing the waterfowl and other wildlife. As you drive along Pintail Drive you may see marsh birds, mammals and alligators. But it is during winter that you will witness a truly wild waterfowl spectacle. Four million waterfowl spend the winter in Louisiana each year. Southwest Louisiana is at the confluence of two of the four major North American flyways - the Mississippi Flyway and the Central Flyway. Hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese, some from as far away as the Artic circle, stream south on these flyways to spend their winters near here. Some of the ducks you may see include: the small and speedy blue-wing teal with their powder-blue wing patches; Green-winged Teal with their emerald wing patches; dainty Ruddy Ducks with their stiff tails pointed skyward, males with bright blue bills that look like they were painted with enamel; colorful white, brown and green shovelers with their drooping spoon-shaped bills; and of course the namesake of this drive, sleek, elegant pintails with their trademark tapering tail feathers.