Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge's mission is to protect critically important coastal wetlands so they can continue to benefit people, wildlife, and the economy for generations to come.

Visit Us

Come visit us at the refuge from sunrise to sunset.

The refuge's Shoveler Pond Auto-Tour loop, Butterfly Garden, moist soil units and Skillern Tract are just a few of the places on the refuge where the wildlife watching is spectacular. Here you will find excellent views of alligators and opportunities to see any of the six rail species. Boardwalks and overlooks provide great vantage points so bring your camera and your binoculars! 

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans. 

      What We Do

      We actively manage the landscape to remove invasive plants and simulate natural ecosystem events. Through tools such as prescribed fire, cooperative grazing, moist soil management, and carefully managed water hydrology, our team strives to ensure the healthiest and productive habitat for migrating birds. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from our purpose and mission, to the recreational activities we offer, to the resource management tools we use. Selecting the right tools helps us ensure the survival of local plants and animals and helps fulfill the purpose of the refuge.

      Our Species

      The mottled duck has always been of conservation concern due to its limited range and small population size, as well as its popularity as a game bird. It is considered an indicator species for the health of coastal marshes and wetlands. 

      Our Library

      Anahuac Trail Map Brohure Mar 2023

      This Anahuac NWR Trail Maps Brochure has a list and description of all of our trails as well as detailed maps of each with amenities and a proximity map for our refuge.

      Photograph of Jr Ranger Camp Students looking over the boardwalk at Cypress Trail

      All participants will be entered into a random drawing which will take place on July 2nd, 2024 at 12:00pm. Selected participants will be notified. You do not have to be present to be selected. If a child is drawn and has a sibling that lives in the same household and meets the age requirements,...

      Anahuac Bird Checklist with TCP 2020

      Bird Checklist for Anahuac Wildlife Refuge

      Anahuac Dragonfly Damselfly Checklist

      Anahuac Wildlife Refuge dragonfly list.

      Anahuac NWR Butterflies Checklist

      Anahuac butterfly checklist

      Projects and Research