Welcome to the South Unit of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge!
This property extends all the way to the intracoastal canal and is immediately adjacent to the main portion of the refuge. It also consists of approximately 2,500 acres of wetlands and 3 linear miles of beach.
Did you know that turtles nest here?
It’s true! Although the beach you are standing on is a bit too coarse for sea turtles to dig their nests, if they can find an area with fine sand they will crawl up near the dunes and lay their eggs before returning to sea. This "flippers-off" approach to parenting might seem a bit unconventional, but it is the way that they have done things for millions of years. It is just important that we help keep this habitat intact.
What can you do to help?
Stay off of the dunes please.
There are many reasons that it is important to only use intentional beach access points and to never ever drive on these dunes. They serve as a natural barrier that (in this area) protects the wetlands from erosion during tropical storms and hurricanes, they serve as a source of replenishment for the beach following a storm, and when left untouched they will grow vegetation which will substantiate the soil and create a stronger, more permanent, barrier between the storms and the people that live in this area.