Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it? About 60 miles west of Houston, between Sealy and Eagle Lake, Texas.

When was it established? 1972

How big is it? 10,541 acres.

Why is it here? The refuge was originally established to preserve and restore coastal prairie habitat for the critically endangered Attwater's prairie-chicken.

What can I do there? Visitors can enjoy wildlife-dependent activities, including wildlife watching, nature hikes, wildlife photography, environmental education and interpretation programs and special events like the Attwater Prairie Chicken Festival held every April.

Can I see an Attwater’s prairie-chicken? The best opportunity to see the endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken is during one of the early morning van tours in April. Occasionally, visitors will see prairie-chickens near the auto tour route early in the morning, but it is very rare.

Are pets allowed? Pets are allowed but must be leashed at all times.

Can I bring and release wildlife on the refuge? Releasing any animal (wildlife or unwanted pets) on the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge is illegal and subject to a fine.