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American alligators take refuge at many of the National Wildlife Refuges in the southeast United States.
P.O. Box 278
4017 FM 563
Anahuac, TX   77514
Phone Number: 409-267-3337
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American alligators are common inhabitants in the sloughs at Anahuac NWR.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Some of the best wade fishing (for speckled trout, redfish and southern flounder) in Texas can be found on the refuge shorelines along East Galveston Bay. Fishing is allowed in East Galveston Bay, bayous, and other locations designated by refuge signs.

Waterfowl hunting is permitted in designated areas on the refuge, including the Pace Tract and parts of the East Unit and Middleton Tract. Hunters must contact refuge headquarters in the fall before waterfowl hunting season to obtain current hunting regulations and permits. Possession of firearms on the refuge is unlawful except in designated areas during hunting season.

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Wildlife Observation
Visitors to Anahuac NWR are likely to see as many as 27 species of ducks during the fall and winter. Huge groups of snow geese sometimes in excess of 80,000 feed on rice fields and moist soil units found near Shoveler Pond and FM 1985.

East Bay Bayou offers an opportunity to view wildlife along the Bayou and in moist soil units and rice fields. During spring migration, visitors can view dowitchers, western sandpipers, black-necked stilts, and other shorebirds. Walking along the wooded banks of East Bay Bayou may allow you to see orioles, tanagers, warblers, and other songbirds.

American alligators, once endangered, are now an abundant resident of the refuge. Alligators are most easily seen during the spring but are often visible during the summer and fall.

Muskrat, nutria, and bobcat are some of the common refuge furbearers. Raccoon, opossum, skunk, and river otter are found on the refuge, but are rarely seen during daylight hours.

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Refuge Headquarters Office Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

East Bay Bayou Tract is open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm daily.

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