The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife conservation area along the coast of Texas, west of the town of High Island, Texas. The meandering bayous of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge cut through ancient flood plains, creating vast expanses of coastal marsh and prairie bordering East Galveston Bay in southeast Texas. The marshes and prairies are host or home to an abundance of wildlife, from migratory birds, to alligators, to bobcats, and more.
Some of the best wade fishing in Texas can be found on the refuge's shoreline. Three fishing piers on the Skillern Tract provide excellent opportunities to enjoy freshwater fishing as well. Waterfowl hunting opportunities are also available seasonally on Anahuac NWR. Blue and green-winged teal, mottled duck, gadwall, pintail and shoveler are a few of the species hunted among the different hunt units.
Guided walks and talks provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to wildlife. From self-guided walks to ranger-led programs, many national wildlife refuges help visitors learn more about the wildlife and habitat behind the landscapes.
Established in 1963, the over 34,000-acre refuge is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, a national network of lands and waters set aside for the benefit of wildlife and you. The management focus of the refuge (and its companion refuges, McFaddin and Texas Point) is to protect and manage the coastal marsh for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and waterbirds, and provide strategic and crucial feeding and fallout areas for the neotropical migratory songbirds traveling across the Gulf of Mexico.
Hours: Refuge Visitor Center is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Main Refuge is open daily, one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. The Visitor Center entrance gate is open 6:00 am - 6:00 pm.