Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Anahuac, Texas (Chambers County)

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About the National Wildlife Refuge

Great egret at Anahuac NWR | Photo credit: Roy Luck

34,000-acre refuge set aside for migratory bird species, including songbirds, snow geese, and 27 species of ducks. A variety of wildlife may be observed, including raccoon, bobcat, muskrat, river otter, skunk, and opossum. American alligator reside at the refuge, as well. Spring and fall are the best times to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

In addition to birding and wildlife observation, the refuge provides opportunities for freshwater and saltwater fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, and nature study. Three fishing piers and two boat ramps are located on the refuge. Boating is restricted to the designated boat canals on the refuge.


The refuge’s Visitor Station is located approximately 1.5 hours east of Houston. Take FM 563 approximately two miles south of I-10 (exit 810).

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The refuge’s main entrance is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year-round for day use activities. The refuge office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

The East Bay Bayou Tract is open 7 days a week from 6 AM to 7 PM for day use activities.

No overnight camping is permitted.


There is no entrance fee for the refuge.

Note: Various passes are available that permit free access to all National Wildlife Refuges. For more information, refer to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service refuge passes.


Check the Wild Texas Events Calendar for activities scheduled at the park.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available at Anahuac NWR. For information about volunteering at the refuge, call (409)267-3337. Opportunities may also be available through the Friends of Anahuac organization.

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Official Contact Information

The National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the National Park Service (NPS).

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
4017 FM 563
Anahuac, TX 77514

Telephone: (409)267-3337

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