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

Amistad National Recreation Area – Amistad Reservoir in Del Rio, Texas (Val Verde County)

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About the National Recreation Area

Pecos River Bridge, the tallest highway bridge in Texas, located on Amistad Reservoir at the Pecos River | Photo credit: Matthew High

Amistad National Recreation area is located near the Texas-Mexico border in Del Rio. The Amistad Reservoir covers 67,000-acres and includes 540 miles of shoreline on the U.S. side of the border. A portion of the Reservoir extends into Coahuila, Mexico.

While boating, fishing and other water-related activities — such as SCUBA diving, swimming, tubing and waterskiing — are especially popular, numerous outdoor activities are available. Opportunities exist for bicycling, birding, camping, hunting, hiking and picnicking. Wildlife observation is also popular, with opportunities to view javelina, white-tailed deer, and Western diamondback rattlesnake.

Hikers can explore the 2.1-mile Sunrise Trail which connects the park Visitor Center and San Pedro Campground. Two short interpretive nature trails are also available–one is located at the Pecos River Picnic Area, and the other is east of the Diablo East Ranger Station.

Hikers can also hike the lake’s shoreline as well as the park’s Hunt Areas (open to the public year-round, but only used for hunting during scheduled hunting seasons.)

Location

Located on the Rio Grande River and Amistad Reservoir, 12 miles northwest of Del Rio in Val Verde County. A portion of the Reservoir extends into Coahuila, Mexico.

To reach the Visitor Information Center, take Highway 90 West Del Rio and proceed about 5.5 miles west of the National Park Service (NPS) Headquarters to the Visitor Information Center entrance.

Hours

The Visitor Information Center is open 7 days a week 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

Campsites area available on a first-come-first-available basis. There are no reservations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check the park’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 Recreation Area is managed by the National Park Service.

National Park Service Amistad National Recreation Area – Amistad Reservoir
9685 Highway 90 West
Del Rio, TX 78840

Telephone: (830)775-7491