Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac

The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas, west of the town of High Island, Texas. It borders East Bay, part of the Galveston Bay complex, behind Bolivar Peninsula at the Gulf of Mexico.Established in 1963, this wildlife refuge is located on the upper Texas Coast in Chambers County. The refuge protects approximately 34000acre of coastal marsh and prairies. The refuge offers opportunities for fishing, waterfowl hunting, paddling, and wildlife viewing. A large network of volunteers contributes thousands of hours in support of the refuge.In the winter, the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge hosts large concentrations of waterfowl making it a popular site for public hunting.Other signature species are American alligator, bobcat, yellow rail, and purple gallinule.Birdwatchers find the refuge an excellent place to observe neotropical migrants in the spring and fall. Other species sought by birdwatchers include American bittern, seaside sparrow, fulvous whistling-duck, and black rail.
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  • And birdlife too! We saw mainly small ones, 2-3' long, that raced away into the water if we got too near. One big one though, 6' long, just sat there and stared at us. Scary! Saw several birds too mos...  more »
  • My wife and I traveled here this past March and were delighted by what we found. This NWR is located on the Texas coast near the town of Anahuac. It was established to protect the coastal marsh for mi...  more »
  • Beautiful afternoon in the wild with the birds, the water, one small alligator, butterflies and dragon flies, and Mother Nature!  more »
  • This along with other refuges and high islands are best places to bird around Mother's day weekend (middle of migration season). The loops have many pullout spots, for small birding trails. The place is buzzing with mosquitoes in summer. Sunscreen and bug repellent is must.
  • Love going out to the refuge to see the wildlife. Its one of my go-to spots for bird photography. I don't recommend the trails in summer as the horseflies can get extremely bothersome.
  • Beautiful hidden gem south of Houston. Saw a couple gators, lots of birds, plenty of trails with plants and waterways to explore. Bring lots of water because shade is limited and the visitor's center is a bit of a drive from the trails.
  • Beautiful sights to through and walking paths... alot of wildlife out most of the times I have been.
  • We saw so many cool birds. Beautiful!

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