Visitor CenterOpen from 7:30am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Stop in at the visitor center for maps and brochures and to view the wildflower identification guide. Enjoy a video about the endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken and sharpen your birdwatching skills by taking a look at more than 100 taxidermy bird mounts. Be sure to enjoy the native plant display of grasses and wildflowers surrounding the flag pole. The visitor center is also where the business of the refuge is conducted. Groups interested in special programs are encouraged to call ahead to make sure staff is available. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the refuge for information on special accommodations.Refuge TrailsA five-mile auto tour and two hiking trails offer pathways into the prairie and along Coushatta creek. Be sure to bring your binoculars and a camera. Refuge trails are open every day of the year during daylight hours. Special Events and Activities Check out the Events Calendar for fun things to do on the refuge. Be sure and check back to this site for more information on the annual Attwater Prairie Chicken Festival typically held the second weekend of April. Visitors may reserve a spot on a guided van tour of the refuge, conducted on the first Saturday of each month by contacting the refuge headquarters.Directions
The refuge headquarters and visitor center is located 6.5 miles northeast of Eagle Lake, TX off of FM 3013, or south from Sealy on Highway 36 to FM 3013 and traveling west for 10 miles. The headquarters is located 2 miles west of the main entrance on FM 3013.lat/long: 29.668827, -96.266751** The only public access to the refuge from the Southeast off FM 3013. Some GPS navigational systems may not direct you to this point so please use caution when planning your arrival. **For information on nearby lodging and businesses, contact:Eagle Lake Chamber of Commerce Sealy Chamber of Commerce Columbus Chamber of Commerce Steven F. Austin State Park (nearest tent and RV camping, 25 miles)
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More than a century ago, up to one million Attwater’s prairie-chickens graced the coastal prairies of Texas and Louisiana. Each spring, males gathered to perform an elaborate courtship ritual. They inflated their yellow air sacs and emitted a strange, booming sound across a sea of grasses.