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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 Unit provides access to the Gulf of Mexico. Predominant saltwater fish species include red drum, flounder and spotted seatrout. The East Bay Bayou Tract offers freshwater fishing opportunities from three bank piers and an accessible bridge. Freshwater species include catfish, white bass and gar. Two boat ramps provide access to East Bay and Oyster Bayou. Boating is not permitted in inland waters.