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Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac

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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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  • Great place for easy walks, bird watching and the occasional alligator. Went there on a Saturday in June. As not normal winter bird viewing season, almost no one there, but did get to see several egre...  more »
  • I have been to a lot of NWR in my day, as I am a birder and nature lover, but Anahuac blew me away. I think I ended up going there 6 times in my 5 night stay in the area--I loved it! The birdlife is a...  more »
  • I have lived in the area for years, but never got a chance to go and visit the refuge due to working. Now that I am retired, I did get the chance and it was well worth the trip. So much natural beauty...  more »
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  • Birds, birds and more birds. Especially nice for someone who can not walk far. This is the best place to bird in Texas. Even got pictures of a night hawk! Every wading bird you can imagine was here except I didn't see any white Ibis.
  • A nice couple runs the nature store and the preserve is nice and quiet. A good place to get away from it all because there ain't nothing else there.
  • Huge wildlife area with knowledgeable staff. Many kinds of habitat for the 1000's of migrating and residential birds. Some alligators.
  • Shoveler's Pond at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge in Chambers County in Texas is a great place to see alligators, herons, shorebirds, several varieties of waterfowl, hawks and more. You can see lots from you car window on the 5-mile drive, or hop out and walk some of the way for a better view. Bring a zoom camera and/or binoculars.The gators can be 9 feet or more They have a great information center at the gate.
  • A short 60-70 minute drive to the East of Houston to visit a wildlife refuge with birds and alligators. Stop at Channel Marker 17, 402 Jackson Dr., Oak Island, TX, for seafood and beer at an inlet restaurant which is frequented by locals and bikers.