McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge

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Refuge Complex Visitor Center:
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. (CLOSED due to government shutdown)

The public can get information and learn about the McFaddin, Anahuac and Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges at the Texas Chenier Plain Refuge’s visitor center located in Anahuac, Texas.  Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide maps and other information on all three refuges.  The visitor center is approximately 50 miles west of Sabine Pass, between Baytown and Winnie, and is about two miles south of I-10 on FM 563.  Get directions. McFaddin visitor brochure.

McFaddin Refuge Headquarters:
The business office for McFaddin is shared Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge and is located on Hwy. 87, south of Sabine Pass. Contact the refuge for directions, office hours, or more information on wildlife-related recreational opportunities offered at the refuge.

Get Outside:
The McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public free of charge seven days a week during daylight hours.  Enjoy wildlife-related recreation, including fishing, crabbing, wildlife watching, wildlife photography, and waterfowl hunting.

The entrance gate is timed to open at sunrise and close at sunset. Restroom facilities are available near the main entrance kiosks.

Directions:
The refuge is located on Highway 87 in southeastern Texas, near the Louisiana border.  It is approximately 15 miles from Port Arthur, 90 miles east of Houston and 12 miles west of the town of Sabine Pass.  The lat/long coordinates for the business office is 29°40’6.39″N, 94° 4’25.98″W.

Come out and enjoy McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge!
Hunting
Waterfowl hunting opportunities are available seasonally.  Blue and green-winged teal, mottled ducks, gadwall, scaup, and shoveler are a few of the species hunted on McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge.  Large portions of the refuge are open to hunters free of charge.  Elsewhere, for $10 a day, hunters can reserve spaced hunt areas that can be accessed on foot or by boat.  An accessible hunt blind is also available and can be reserved. All hunters are reminded that marsh conditions are dynamic.  Hunters should scout units before hunting and use extreme caution when boating to hunt units.

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Fishing/Crabbing
Red drum, flounder, alligator gar, blue catfish, and blue crab are but a few of the species that draw many fishing and crabbing enthusiasts to the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge. Whether you are crabbing or fishing from one of the public use structures on Clam Lake, or along the intra-coastal waterway, the refuge offers excellent opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors.  Keep in mind, boats can have motors up to 25HP and a 9inch or less propeller.

McFaddin Fishing and Crabbing Regulations

Wildlife Watching and Nature Trails
Five miles of interior roads on the refuge provide excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as access to various boat ramps, fishing piers, and observation platforms.  Watch and listen for clapper rails in the marsh and geese overhead.
Wildlife Photography
Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife and national wildlife refuges are naturally at the top of the list.  McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge provides excellent opportunities to capture images of alligators, waterfowl, warblers and many other species that call the refuge home.

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