FRIENDS OF ANAHUAC REFUGE
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1963 when 7,000 acres of coastal marshes and prairies were acquired by the federal government for the protection of waterfowl and neotropical migratory songbird habitat. Today, the refuge covers 34,000 acres of marsh and coastal prairie. In 2012, over 80,000 visitors came to the refuge to view wildlife, fish, hunt, participate in environmental education, and volunteer. Visit our Things To Do page to read more about visitor activities on the refuge.
McFaddin and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges are open to the public and offer additional wildlife activities in neighboring Jefferson County. Moody National Wildlife Refuge is located near Smith Point, but is not open to the public. It is being preserved with the assistance of local landowners. These refuges along with Anahuac NWR comprise the Texas Chenier Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex covering over 100,000 acres of coastal wetlands and prairies. For more information about habitat, land management strategies, and other conservation efforts in the refuge complex, visit the refuge's website to view the Comprehensive Conservation Plan.
Anahuac NWR is one of over 560 refuges all across the United States that make up the National Wildlife Refuge System. The National Wildlife Refuge System, is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service within the U.S. Department of Interior.