Rules and Regulations

There are a lot of fun, interesting and educational opportunities on the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. Keep in mind, the refuge is managed for the benefit of wildlife. Please check with refuge staff before participating in an activity that is not wildlife related or could harm you or the environment. Be safe and have fun!


  • Visitation is free to the public.
  • Unless otherwise posted, public use areas are open from one hour before sunrise until one hour after sunset daily. Access to East Bay and the two refuge boat ramps is provided 24 hours a day along designated roads.
  • Visitors must stay on designated roads and trails.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Observe speed limits and watch for wildlife crossing roadways.
  • Collection of plants or animals, and feeding or disturbing wildlife is prohibited.
  • Campfires, fireworks and recordings to attract wildlife are prohibited.
  • Bicycles are permitted on roads only.
  • All-terrain vehicles, airboats and personal watercraft (wave-runners) are prohibited.
  • All boat motors greater than 25 HP and with more than a 9inch propeller, are prohibited.
  • Drone use is prohibited.  
  • No glass containers
  • Click here for Fishing and Crabbing Regulations  
  • Click here to download the Anahuac General Brochure 2020
For your Safety and Comfort
  • Please be aware that snakes, fire ants, alligators and mosquitoes all make their home here on the refuge.
  • Do not feed or approach alligators and other wildlife.
  • Restrooms are located at the main entrance near the Visitor Information Station, Frozen Point, East Bay boat ramp, and on the southern end of the Skillern Tract.
  • There is no drinking water available on the refuge.  Please come prepared.
  • Be safe and have fun! 
For more information please call the refuge: (409) 267-3337