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San Bernard
National Wildlife Refuge

Vines twine around  the state champion live oak tree found at San Bernard NWR.
County Road 306
Brazoria, TX   77422
E-mail: shane_kasson@fws.gov
Phone Number: 979-964-4011 (Complex Headquarters)
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This live oak tree found at San Bernard NWR is the largest recorded live oak in Texas.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Discovery Environmental Education Program (DEEP) is primarily hosted out of the Brazoria NWR. Hands-on environmental education activities can be scheduled for school groups at San Bernard by contacting the Complex Office.

Anglers can fish and crab on Cedar and Cow Trap Lakes and Cedar Lake Creek. A public boat ramp provides access to Cedar Lake Creek. A fishing pier and bank fishing are available there as well. All state regulations are observed here. Please contact the complex office for further information about fishing at the refuge.

Designated areas of Cedar Lakes, Cow Trap Lakes, Salt Bayou, and Smith Marsh are open to waterfowl hunting. Permit hunts for waterfowl are held during the regular season at the Sargent Unit. Please contact the complex office for further information.

Wildlife Observation
Wildlife viewing from your vehicle on the 9.4-mile Auto Tour can be excellent. Watch for a bobcat trotting across the road, alligators sunning on the banks, songbirds flitting in willows, and a host of waterbirds in marshes and sloughs. Clapper and king rails are relatively easy to spot here. Black rails may be heard, but rarely seen. For a closer view of wildlife, stroll on the Bobcat Woods, Scissor-tail or Cow Trap Marsh hiking trails.

An accessible boardwalk winding through a shady woods along Cocklebur Slough gives visitors a taste of bottomland forest magic. A hot spot for spring migrant birds, the trees also shelter year-round residents like barred owls, and naturally, bobcats. Linger on inviting benches to see the layers of life, from woodland flowers to banana spiders weaving blanket-sized webs. Listen for bird songs and the rustle of creatures watching you. From the boardwalk, visitors can access the wolfweed wetlands, where large numbers of waterfowl and wading birds roost and feed.

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San Bernard NWR is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

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