Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge in Eagle Lake, Texas

About the National Wildlife Refuge

Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) | Photo credit: George Lavendowski, USFWS

Established in 1972 as federally protected habitat for the endangered Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, the 10,528-acre refuge also preserves one of the largest remnants of Texas coastal prairie.

Opportunities for birding, spring wildflower viewing, picnicking, hiking, bicycling (paved roads only), and nature study are available. There are 3.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails, and a 5-mile paved loop road for driving tours, bicycling, and hiking.

The park is home to a variety of birds and wildlife, not just the namesake Attwater’s prairie chicken. Over 250 bird species have been observed in the refuge, including: crested caracara, black-bellied whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, scissor-tailed flycatcher, dickcissel, white-tailed hawk, roseate spoonbill, angina, and a wide variety of sparrows. Wildlife include: white-tailed deer, American alligator, nine-banded armadillo, softshell turtle, black-tailed jackrabbit, coyote, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, American bullfrog, and upland chorus frog.


The refuge is located 6.5 miles northeast of Eagle Lake, off FM 3013, or south from Sealy on Highway 36 to FM 3013 and traveling west for 10 miles. Headquarters is located 2 miles west of the main entrance on FM 3013.

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Visitor Center is open from 7:30 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday.

Refuge trails are open every day of the year during daylight hours.


No fee is charged for access to the refuge. Contact the park directly for special use permits/fees.


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

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Official Contact Information

The National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge
Eagle Lake, Texas

Telephone: (979)234-3021

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