Chambers, Jefferson
Gulf Coast
McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge Information:
The 56,181 acre McFaddin and the 8,952 acre Texas Point National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Chenier Plains NWR Complex which also includes the Anahuac and Moody National Wildlife Refuges. McFaddin has the largest remaining freshwater marsh on the Texas Coast, and has thousands of acres of intermediate to brackish marsh. Many bayous weave through cordgrass. Refuge waters include the 400 acre Star Lake, the 2,000 acre Clam Lake, and the 5-Mile and 10-Mile Cuts which offer access to the Gulf of Mexico. This refuge is important to the water quality of the watersheds of the Sabine River, Sabine Lake, the Neches River, Galveston Bay and Taylor's Bayou. The habitat consists mostly of saline and non-saline coastal prairie and coastal woodlands, and provides important wintering and migration habitat for migratory birds, including Central Flyway waterfowl (Snow Geese), wading birds, marsh and water birds. From October to March thousands of geese feed and rest in the marsh. Ducks can number more than a 100,000 and include at least two dozen species. The upland habitats, including the prairie and woodlands, are important to Neotropical and Nearctic species. The refuge provides year round habitat for the mottled duck. Rare or endangered species found here include American Bald Eagles, Brown Pelicans and Piping Plovers. McFaddin is #028 on the Sabine loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail’s Upper Gulf Coast Region. McFaddin has one of the densest populations of American Alligators in Texas. There is no potable water available on the refuge. The refuge is open daily during daylight hours. Admission is free.    McFaddin NWR Map
Visiting McFaddin & Texas Point NWRs:
McFaddin and Texas Point NWRs are managed as one unit, and share a business office on SH 87, south of Sabine Pass, Texas. Both refuges are open to the public free of charge, seven days a week. Special regulations are effect during waterfowl hunting season. The McFaddin gates are automatically timed to be open sunrise to sunset. Restrooms are located near the main entrance kiosks. The office is open Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm; closed during major holidays. For more information, contact the refuge manager at (409) 971-2909. The lat/long coordinates for the business office is 29°40'6.39"N, 94° 4'25.98"W.  Email
Texas Chenier Plains NWR Complex Headquarters & Visitor Information:
The Texas Chenier Plains NWR Complex includes the McFaddin, Texas Point, Anahuac and Moody Wildlife Refuges. The 2008 Hurricane Ike destroyed one of the original two visitor centers. Chambers County donated 15 acres of land near Anahuac for a new 14,378 square foot visitor center complex. This complex features a 14,378 square foot Headquarters building and a visitor center with exhibit, educational and reception areas, and restrooms. Additional facilities would include a breezeway, a covered parking structure, a parking lot and an interpretive trail. It is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. (409) 267-3337. This new Visitor Center Complex is located near Anahuac at 4017 FM 563, two miles south of IH-10. The lat/long for the refuge headquarters is 29.822737, -94.663653Location Map  Chenier Plains Refuges Map
The refuge contains several shell middens of Paleo-Indian origin. Once inhabited by Atakapa and the
Karankawa Indians, archeological finds along the beach indicate that Karankawas fished and hunted here from 10-12,000 B.C. Stone scraping tools, arrows, spear points, and the bones of saber-toothed tigers, bison, mastodons, and wooly mammoths have been found here.
The McFaddin and Texas Point Refuges are located at the southeastern tip of Texas on SH 87. Texas Point is located adjacent to Sabine Pass. McFaddin is located on Hwy 87, 12 miles west of Texas Point. McFaddin NWR entrance is located at Star Lake; the refuge is located adjacent to the east side of the Marshland Unit of Sea Rim State Park. Portions of SH 87 washed out in a hurricane and the highway no longer connects High Island with the refuges.