Facility Activities

All ages and abilities are welcome to enjoy a variety of wildlife friendly recreation at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. From birding to boating, fishing, hunting, and educational events — enjoy your public lands and live your wild with us! 

Hunting Pond Numbers have Changed.  A New Supplemental Hunting Map Can be Found Below.

The meandering bayous of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge cut through ancient floodplains, creating expanses of coastal marsh and prairie along Galveston Bay in southeast Texas. These coastal...

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The refuge offers excellent saltwater and freshwater angling and crabbing opportunities. Six miles of shoreline along East Galveston Bay are accessible by boat or wade fishing. The South...

The Anahuac Wildlife Refuge (AWR) is one of the foremost birding locations in the United States, particularly during the spring migration.  Large numbers of warblers and other passerine migrants make the non-stop trip from the Yucatan Peninsula to this area of Texas and stop here to rest,...

From your car, from your boat, or on foot, the Anahuac Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful place to be with diverse and abundant wildlife.  The hiking trails are an excellent place to observe small migrant birds.  The butterfly garden is great to catch lepidopterans in all phases of...

Shoveler Pond is a 2.64 mile paved loop with six pull-offs and a .14 mile boardwalk that extends into the pond.  During the spring and summer months, shoveler pond is a great place to see egrets, herons, ibis, roseate spoonbills, alligators, and many other animals.  The fall and winter...

Photograph from one of our trails listed on the "Visit Us" page or from your car.  If photographing from your car, please be considerate and pull to the side of the road to allow others to pass.

While combing the beach at Anahuac Wildlife Refuge's South Unit, beware of nesting birds and sea turtles.  All areas of concern are marked in advance of nesting season.

Most of our trails are relatively short.  The Live Oak Trail at the Skillern tract is approximately a 2 mile round trip and Shoveler Pond is a 2.64 mile loop.

Shoveler Pond, the main entrance road, and the Skillern Tract road are all great places to bike and view wildlife.  Visit the Skillern Tract Viewing Platform and the Boardwalk trail for breathtaking views, but please walk your bike on trails and while in close proximity to pedestrians.

East Bay boat ramp and Oyster Bayou boat ramp are both accessible from the main entrance to the wildlife refuge.  This leads to access of Oyster Bayou, Onion Bayou, and all of the Galveston Bay system.  

Boating inside the Anahuac Wildlife Refuge marsh is prohibited...

There is water access at East Bay boat ramp and Oyster Bayou boat ramp, but the most common place for canoers and kayakers to launch is down Frozen Point Road where there is access to the north side of East Bay.  Boating in inland waters is prohibited.

Dogs are allowed on all of our trails, but they must be leashed.

School program activities are available at a number of facilities.
Rangers lead wildlife walks, tours and educational programs at many sites. Events may focus on wildflowers or birds or on seasonal spectacles, such as elk bugling or sea turtle nesting. Some programs may be limited in size or require advance registration. See individual websites for details.