Facility Activities

 Come out and enjoy Aransas National Wildlife Refuge! 

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Big Game Hunting

Aransas NWR appeals to deer hunters looking for a challenge. This coastal refuge harbors good numbers of deer and feral hogs, but finding them in the thick, brushy habitat is often difficult. Hunters have to walk in from gravel roads,...

Fishing in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge's public area is limited to saltwater fishing on San Antonio Bay via our fishing pier or wade fishing. Fishing from the bank is not permitted.

Anglers can fish year-round on the refuge's fishing pier overlooking San Antonio Bay. Each angler is...

Bicycling is allowed only on designated roads. Please follow all applicable traffic regulations and be aware that refuge roads do not have a shoulder.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge lies along the central flyway, a major migration route. Each spring and fall millions of waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds pass through the Refuge. The uniqueness of this location has resulted in an astounding 405 documented species. Spring and fall are the...

Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.