Neches River National Wildlife Refuge

What We Do

Refuge staff focus on the management of the bottomland forests and associated wetlands and marshes for wildlife, including monitoring for exotic and invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species

Law Enforcement

Federal law enforcement officers ensure the safety of the public and the protection of natural resources. They address illegal activities, including poaching, taking of endangered species, dumping of trash, illegal operation of all-terrain vehicles, trespassing and more.

To report a violation on Neches River National Wildlife Refuge, please call 580-212-2217.

Laws and Regulations

There are a lot of fun, interesting, and educational things you can do on the refuge. Keep in mind, if an activity is not wildlife related and doesn't help in the protection or understanding of wildlife or their habitat, there are probably refuge rules governing this activity. Please check with the refuge management before participating in an activity that could harm the environment or yourself. Be safe and have fun!

Help us protect the refuge:

  • No ATV use on the Refuge.
  • All pets must be on leashes.
  • All groups are welcomed. Please make advance arrangements for special programs.
  • Please take only memories and photographs. Do not gather or disturb any plants, flowers, insects,wildlife, or artifacts.
  • All state and local traffic laws apply while on the refuge, and speed limits are posted along the entrance roads and tour route.
  • Use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) is prohibited.