Lac Tele Community Reserve extends over approximately 4,500 km² of the Likouala swamps in northern Congo. It consists primarily of swamp forest with inclusions of riparian forest and mixed-species lowland forest on terra firma islands and savanna patches.

The Lac Tele Community Reserve is one of only two central African protected areas that seek to conserve swamp forest habitat, critical habitat for western gorillas.

The main threat to wildlife is posed by subsistence and commercial hunting, although the relative inaccessibility of swamp forests limits resource extraction and may also constitute a barrier to the spread of disease, including Ebola.