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The Refuge

Wildlife refuges are specifically created to preserve habitat for wildlife.  Anahuac NWR is no different, but remains accessible for a variety of uses.  Walking trails, driving loops, boardwalks, fishing piers, and boat ramps are available across the refuge.  Visit the Headquarters Visitor Center or Main Refuge Visitor Information Station for more information.  

Where to get information

Headquarters and Visitor Center

Making a stop at the Visitor Center is highly recommended for first-time visitors. In addition to maps and information, wildlife and land management exhibits introduce the refuge and provide an overview of what you can expect to see. There is also a nature store operated by the Friends.

Behind the Visitor Center is the

Lake  Anahuac Trail and Boardwalk.  It is about 1/4 mile long ends on a boardwalk overlooking Lake Anahuac.  There are no entry fees and all exhibits are free.


If the center is not open, there are brochures and maps available in outside kiosks. 

Visitor Information Center (VIS)

The Visitor Information Station (VIS) is located on the refuge about 20 miles southeast of the Visitor Center. It also has exhibits and a nature store operated by the Friends. There are no fees to enter the refuge, but visitors are asked to register on the sign-in sheet in the VIS when it is open.

If the center is not open, there are brochures and maps available in outside kiosks. 

NOTE:  No drinkable water is available on the Main  Refuge or Skillern tract.

Things to Explore

Links to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center

Main Refuge

  • Hackberry Trail

  • Shoveler Pond Auto Tour Loop and Boardwalk Trail

  • Willows Trail

  • Butterfly Garden

  • Woodlot Trail 

Skillern Tract

  • Honeysuckle Trail

  • Live Oak Trail

  • Rookery Trail

  • Birding

  • Hunting

  • Fishing

  • Wildlife watching

  • Auto tour

  • Photography

  • Beach combing

  • Hiking

  • Biking

  • Boating - motorized

  • Boating - non-motorized

  • Dog walking

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