Where is it? The refuge is located on Highway 87 in
southeast Texas near the Louisiana border. It is approximately 15 miles from Port Arthur
and 90 miles east of Houston.
When was it established? 1980, under authority of the Migratory Bird Commission.
How big is it? 58,861 acres.
Why is it here? The refuge was originally established to protect
one of the largest remaining freshwater marshes on the Texas coast and
thousands of acres of intermediate to brackish marsh.
What can I do there? Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent
activities, including fishing and crabbing, hunting, wildlife observation, and
Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed on the refuge but must be
kept on a leash at all times.
Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted
pets) on the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a
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