Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it? Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is approximately an hour and a half east of Houston, along East Galveston Bay. The administrative office is located in the town of Anahuac. Visit the Plan Your Visit page for directions.

When was it established? In 1963. 

How big is it? 34,000 acres.

Why is it here? The refuge was originally established for the benefit of waterfowl. It protects hundreds of plant and animal species that attract visitors from around the world.

Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed on the refuge but they must remain on a leash at all times.  Please be aware that you are bringing your pet to a refuge known to have alligators.

Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a fine.