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County
Chambers
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 150
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Towns
Smith Point, Texas
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Smith Point Texas History:
In 1805 Spanish troops landed here en route to reinforcing the troubled Atascosito settlement. The town was probably named for John Smith who signed an 1827 petition protesting Mexico’s failure to grant title to land claimants in the Atascosito District. A post office was established in 1876. Until automobiles came about, area travel was chiefly by water. In the 1930s Smith Point had approximately 30 residents; fishing and ranching were their main means of support. Since oil was discovered in 1944, numerous offshore and onshore wells have provided another source of income for area residents. In the mid-1980s the community consisted of residences, summer homes, oil and gas wells, and small fishing outfits. The Candy Cain Abshier WMA is located in town. Smith Point is located on FM 562 (Smith Point Road) at the end of a peninsula that juts out into Galveston Bay, overlooking East Bay and Trinity Bay, approximately 20 miles southwest of Anahuac, 38.8miles southeast of High Island, and 20 miles northeast of Galveston, Texas.  
 
Smith Point Community Building, Chambers County:
(409) 267-2644. 209 Plummer Camp Road.
 
Jeri's Seafood:
Jeri’s processes and sells delicious fresh oysters. They also are able to ship quick frozen shucked oysters and oysters on the half shell. Sales Manager: (713) 806) 0202. (409) 355-2243. (409) 355-2343. (409) 355-2216. Email 
 
Oak Island Hurricane Restaurant and Club:
Visitors may arrive by boat or car. Amenities include the restaurant, lodge accommodations, a 12 room motel, boat slips, two lighted fishing piers, and a ships store and gas dock. The restaurant serves delicious seafood. The marina is called Channel Marker 17. (409) 252-4122. Oak Island is located on Trinity Bay at 142-A Jackson Drive, Oak Island, approximately 12 miles south of Anahuac, and 13 miles northeast of Smith Point, Texas. Email  Oak Island Area Map 
 
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Anahuac Loop:  East side of Trinity Bay, north side of Galveston Bay, East Bay, Monroe City, Lake Anahuac, Anahuac, Hankamer, Anahuac NWR, west side of Winnie
Bolivar Loop:  Gilchrist, Bolivar Peninsula, Crystal Beach, High Island, Point Bolivar
San Jacinto Loop:  Baytown, Deer, Morgan’s Point, La Porte, west side of Trinity Bay
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Chambers County Bird Checklist with Photos
Anahuac NWR Bird Checklist
Baytown Nature Center Bird Checklist
Candy Cain Abshier WMA Bird Checklist, Smith Point
 
Mosquito Information:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites. For more information, contact Chambers County Mosquito Control, 336 Airport Road, Anahuac, Texas 77514. (409) 267-2720.
 
Smith Point HawkWatch, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory:
Every fall thousands of hawks migrate past the Smith Point peninsula overlooking Galveston Bay. The 30 foot Smith Point HawkWatch tower is located at the Candy Abshier WMA. The first level of the tower is ADA assessable. During the season a Gulf Coast Bird Observatory HawkWatch volunteer mans the 30 foot tower daily, 8am-4pm. August 15 to November 15 are the best times with the peak viewing time being the month of October. It is best to come after a cold front’s northern winds have passed through. Expect to see up to 24 species including sharp-shinned hawks, Cooper’s hawks, broad-winged hawks, American Kestrels and Mississippi kites. (979) 480-0999. Candy Cain Abshier WMA: (409) 736-2551. From Hankamer, go south on SH 61 for four miles to FM 562. Turn onto FM 562 and continue south then west for 22 miles to Smith Point; follow the signs to the WMA which is less than a mile once you reach town. Email 
 
Vingt-Et-Une Island Sanctuary: Vingt-Et-Une Island Sanctuary:
In 1923 the National Audubon Society leased several islands from the General Land Office of Texas; this island was one of them. The island supports a significant number of roseate spoonbills; access is prohibited during nesting season. Herons and cormorants sometimes nest in the area. Vingt-Et-Une
Island is located in Galveston Bay near Smith Point. (713) 932-1639.
 
Candy Cain Abshier Wildlife Management Area Information:
Located along Galveston and Trinity Bays near Smith Point, this 207 acre WMA is one of the few public access points on the Texas Coast. The land was purchased in 1990 as a nongame area. Habitat is mostly coastal plains with a 60 acre stand of live oak and several fresh water ponds. The WMA is located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and is one of the best sites in the nation for hawk viewing. An annual hawk watch begins each August 15th and continues to November 15th. October is the peak viewing month. Two hawk towers include the 20 foot tall Smith Point HawkWatch Tower, and the 30 foot tall WMA tower. The Smith Point HawkWatch tower is manned during the hawk watch season. During spring migration, many species of migrating birds literally fall out of the sky. Watch for Red-tails, Coopers, Sharp-shinned, Swainson’s, Kestrels, Merlins, Peregrine Falcons, and Swallow-tailed Kites. Also look for Wood Storks and Anhinga. April and October are hot, humid months. Bring your own water and mosquito repellant. In addition to the hawk towers, amenities include an ADA compliant viewing platform and restrooms located at the nearby James Robbins Memorial Park boat ramp. Mowed paths through the live oak stand and across the prairie provide access to the WMA interior. A visitors parking area is located near the HawkWatch Tower. The WMA is open year round. WMA: (409) 736-2551. For more complete WMA information, read the Park Brochure and go to the Candy Cain Abshier WMA Home Page. From Hankamer, go south on SH 61 for four miles to FM 562. Turn onto FM 562 and continue south then west for 22 miles to Smith Point; follow the signs to the WMA which is less than a mile once you reach town.
 
James Robins Memorial Park, #047 on the Anahuac Birding Loop:Amenities at this Chambers County Park include birding towers, a boat ramp and fishing sites. Smith Point is one of the most isolated and undeveloped coastal peninsulas along the Texas Coast. It is #047 on the Anahuac Birding Loop. The marshes and open grasslands along FM 562 are good for birding year round. The park offers an observation platform with an unobstructed view of Trinity Bay; look for Magnificent Frigatebirds in summer and fall, pelicans, and gulls and terns. The oak mottes (isolated stands of trees) along Hawkins Camp Road attract migrant land birds in spring and fall. Amenities at this Chambers County park include camping, birding towers, a boat ramp and dock, restrooms and parking. The Spoonbill RV Park on Trinity Bay off Hawkins Camp Road caters to birders. (409) 267-2644. 1890 Hawkins Camp Road. Go west on Smith Point to Hawkins Camp Road. Go north to the park. The Spoonbill RV Park on Trinity Bay off Hawkins Camp Road caters to birders.
 
Smith Point Park:
Amenities at this Chambers County park include a playground, soccer fields, and practice baseball and softball fields. (409) 267-2644. 806 Plummer Camp Road.
 
Smith Point Marina:
A marina is being built at the end of Hawkins Camp Road, between James Robbins Park and the Spoonbill RV Park. Map & Directions
 
Oyster Bayou Hunting Club:
They offer guided duck hunts, occasional geese hunts, alligator hunting and salt water fishing. Hunting is accessible by boat or 4-wheelers. The blinds are all weather pits with large decoy spreads. The lodge offers conference facilities, sporting clays and meals. The lodge is located on the Barrow Ranch, in the center of the Anahuac Wildlife Refuge System. Glen Campbell. (281) 428-2549. Mail: 530 Hillhurst, Baytown, TX 77521
 
Oak Island, Marina, Hunting Lodge & Hurricane Restaurant and Club:
Visitors may arrive by boat or car. Amenities include the restaurant, lodge accommodations, a 12 room motel, boat slips, two lighted fishing piers, and a ships store and gas dock. Meals are included for overnight guests. The restaurant serves delicious seafood. They offer guided fishing and hunting trips (alligator and ducks). The marina is called Channel Marker 17. (409) 252-4122. Oak Island is located on Trinity Bay at 142-A Jackson Drive, Oak Island, approximately 12 miles south of Anahuac, and 13 miles northeast of Smith Point, Texas. Email  Oak Island Area Map  Restaurant Review
 
Hunting Wallisville Lake Project:
Hunting is limited to waterfowl season for ducks and geese. During hunting season airboats are not permitted on the project after 12 noon each day.
 
Hunting Anahuac NWR: 
Bird hunting species include green and blue-winged teal, mottled duck, gadwall, pintail, shoveler and others. Normally 40% of the refuge is open to waterfowl hunting. The Middleton Tract, the Pace Tract, and the East Unit, are available for hunting by foot or boat. An ADA compliant hunting blind is available on a first come, first serve basis.
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
 
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
Hunter Education
Hunting Season by Animal
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Donations
 
Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Information: 
This 34,000 acre refuge is part of the Texas Chenier Plains National Wildlife Refuge Complex which also includes McFaddin, Texas Point, and Moody National Wildlife Refuges. The refuge borders Galveston Bay. Habitat consists of expanses of coastal marsh and coastal prairie with bayous meandering through the unit. This is a high humidity area with annual rainfall surpassing 51 inches. The refuge is a haven for wildlife, especially birds. The NWR is located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Refuge areas include Shoveler Pond, The Willows, the Oyster Bayou and its boat ramp, and the Skillern, Pace and Middleton Tracts. The Frozen Point Road is a major refuge road. The Pace Tract, the East Unit and the Middleton Tract are used for waterfowl hunting. The refuge is located approximately 1.5 hours east of Houston. The refuge office is located approximately 20 minutes from the refuge.For more complete NWR information, go to the Anahuac NWR Home Page.  Maps
 
Moody National Wildlife Refuge Information: 
The 3,517 acre Moody National Wildlife Refuge is part of the Texas Chenier Plains NWR Complex which also includes the Texas Point, Anahuac, and McFaddin National Wildlife Refuges.The habitat of these refuges consists of coastal wetlands, coastal prairie, croplands, bayous, wood riparian zones, and small coastal wood lots. These small wood lots are important for migratory songbirds and neo-tropical birds that rest and refuel in the woodlots and on the mudflats. The habitat of these refuges is also important for all migratory birds, including waterfowl that winter on the refuges, raptors, shorebirds, and colonial water birds. Several threatened or endangered species use these refuges, including the Brown Pelican, Peregrine Falcon, Piping Plover, and the American Bald Eagle. The Moody refuge was established in 1961. It is a conservation easement refuge. The Fish and Wildlife Service owns only the development rights to the property, not the property itself. Moody NWR is not open to the public and the FWS does not have a management role. However, the FWS does monitor the area for easement violations and advises the property owners with regard to oil and gas development. The refuge is managed by the Anahuac NWR office in Anahuac, Texas. Moody NWR is the most southwestern of the NWR's, and is located on the East Bay off SH 562, between Smith Point and the Anahuac NWR. For more complete NWR information, go to the Moody NWR Home PageChenier Plains Refuges Map
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar