Angelina National Forest – Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Lufkin, Texas (San Augustine, Angelina, Jasper & Nacogdoches Counties)

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About the National Forest

Bouton Lake in Angelina National Forest | Photo credit: U.S. Forest Service – Southern Region

Angelina National Forest spans 153,179 acres of East Texas forestland in the Neches River Basin and is one of four national forests in Texas. Located within Angelina National Forest is 114,500-acre Sam Rayburn Reservoir which offers opportunities for fishing, boating, and waterskiing. Other recreation opportunities in the National Forest include: hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife observation, and nature study.

Wildlife is abundant in the National Forest, including bald eagle, endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, wood duck, white-tailed deer, squirrel, and wild turkey. Bald eagles winter in the area, particularly around Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Location

The Forest’s Visitor Information Center is located at 111 Walnut Ridge Road, Zavalla, Texas 75980.

Hours

The Visitor Information Center is Wednesday through Friday year-round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Days) from 8 AM to 4:30 PM.

Fees

Review the fees and permits information from the National Park Service. The Recreation Area does not charge an entrance fee, but other use fees may apply.

Events

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

Reservations

Reserve Now for campsites or other park facilities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check the USDA Forest Service’s volunteer opportunities for detailed information. Volunteers are needed for activities such as visitor services, trail maintenance, construction, office/computer work and some biological work.

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Official Contact Information

The National Forest is managed by the USDA Forest Service.

USDA Forest Service Angelina National Forest
Lufkin, Texas

Telephone: (936)897-1068

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.

Location

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).

Hours

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.

Fees

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.

Events

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

Amistad Park in San Antonio, Texas (Bexar County)

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Amistad Park’s 5.76 acres feature picnicking, softball and soccer facilities. The park offers access to the Apache Creek segment of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System.

Location

Amistad Park is located northeast of the intersection of U.S. Hwy 90 and IH-10, across South Navidad St. from Cooper Learning Center (formerly Cooper Middle School), and directly on the Apache Creek segment of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System.

Hours

The park is open 7 days a week year-round, from 5 AM to 11 PM, for day use activities.
No overnight camping is permitted.

Fees

There is no park entrance fee.

Events

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

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Official Contact Information

The City Park is managed by the San Antonio Department of Parks & Recreation.

San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department Amistad Park
1600 Tampico St.
San Antonio, TX 78207