Champion Lake / Kumaito (Kuma) ©

Frequently Asked Questions     

When was Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge established? January 4, 1994

How big is the Refuge? The refuge is over 30,000 acres and is spread over  60 different units throughout Liberty County, Texas.

Why is it here? To protect a remnant of the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem along the Trinity River for neo-tropical migratory birds.

What can I do there? You can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including boating/kayaking, hiking, hunting, fishing, bird watching and wildlife photography. The refuge also hosts many special events throughout the year.

Where is it? The refuge is located about 45 miles northeast of Houston, Texas.

What do I need to bring? You should always wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes. Bring water and protection from the heat/cold and bug spray depending on the time of year. Binoculars will come in handy!

What facilities does the refuge have available? Champion Lake Day Use Area has a pier for fishing, boat ramps, pollinator garden and an accessible restroom. There is accessible parking at all locations listed on the Maps Page. Trails are primitive.

Can I bring my dog? You can bring your dog but it must be on a leash at all times.

Can I ride a horse or my ATV/Mule on the refuge? Horses and ATV/Mules are not allowed on the refuge.

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

Can I feed the animals?  The digestive systems of wild animals are adapted to food found in nature and human food could cause them to become ill. When fed, wildlife might also become bold and aggressive. Never approach a wild animal no matter how “friendly” it appears. Note, it is illegal to feed wildlife on the refuge and subject to a fine.