Come Prepared

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Please keep the following in mind when planning your trip to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.


  • Fuel is not available at the refuge. Tivoli (14 miles) is the nearest town for fuel. 
  • The refuge is home to alligators and venomous snakes, so please always watch your step. 
  • Dress appropriately and bring snacks and drinks - no vending facilities are available at the refuge. Don't forget your hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, field guides, binoculars, camera, etc.
  • No binoculars or field guide? No problem! Eagle Optics has generously donated binoculars and the Friends of Aransas & Matagorda Island have donated field guides for visitors to use. You can pick them up at the Visitor Contact Station, but you must leave your driver’s license and return the binoculars by 4:00 pm. 
  • We have so many birds because we have so many mosquitoes!  Remember to bring your bug spray.
  • The refuge is truly wild and cell phones might not work.