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County
Chambers
Region
Gulf Coast
Population
2010 Census - 1,245
2000 Census - 1,364
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Old River Winfree, Texas
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Old River Winfree Texas History: 
Early area settler Robert Wiseman settled in the strs in 1827. It is possible the town was originally the community of Archer. It was named for the Old River that cuts through the town and provided the town’s main source of nineteenth and early twentieth century transportation. Local farmers raised cattle, hogs, sheep, cotton, corn, and rice. The 1880 to 1881 post office was named Straddle; the 1885 to 1919 post office was named Winfree. Residents voted to incorporate the town as Old River-Winfree in 1979.The town is located just west of Lost Lake at the intersection of North FM 565 and FM 1409, 45 miles northeast of Houston, 15.4 miles northeast of Baytown, and approximately 2 miles northeast of Mont Belvieu, Texas.
 
Annual Old River Winfree Founders Day in Old River-Winfree, 2ndSaturday in Oct:
Activities include the Texas Trailride, a 5K Run/Walk, a dog parade, a motorcycle parade contest, cupcake and pie contest, a photography contest, a duck calling contest, a historical reenactment, and live music. (281) 385-1735. This event s held at the community center at 4818 FM 565 North in Old River-Winfree. Email
 
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
San Jacinto Loop:  Baytown, Deer, Morgan’s Point, La Porte, west side of Trinity Bay
Clear Lake Loop:  Morgan’s Point, La Porte, Shoreacres, Seabrook, Clear Lake Area, Kemah, Bacliff, Dickinson, Webster, Pasadena, League City, Algoa, Alvin
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Harris County 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.
 
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.
 
Wallisville Lake Trinity River Project Information:
The 23,000 Wallisville Lake Trinity River Project is located on both sides of the Trinity River from just below the lock and dam on the north end, to the community of Moss Bluff on the south end. It is not really a lake, but the project does inlcude several lakes. This project permits the Trinity River to be navigable by pleasure boats from its mouth at Trinity Bay just west of Anahuac, to as far north as Liberty, Texas. The Galveston Bay area shrimp fleet utilizes the Trinity as a safe harbor during major hurricane events. The lock and dam for this project is not the typical high concrete structures with the long sets of gates found in most Army Corps of Engineers projects. This system consists of a four gate concrete saltwater control structure. The gates are usually standing fully opened above the waterline because there is no reservoir above the dam. A wooden structure lifts boats upstream and lowers them downstream. The dam prevents saltwater from intruding into the fresh upstream water. The project consists of seven lakes and several burrows that are large enough to be called lakes. Without creating a reservoir, these lakes and streams have been allowed to remain natural, and are available for fishing, wildlife viewing and other uses. The lock and dam gates are open for traffic from 7am-6pm daily. Pull chains on either end of the lock's guide walls ring the phones in the office to notify the office when traffic wants through; just pull the chains and someone comes right out to open the gates. Facilities at the site include Structure A in the Cut-Off near Pickett's Bayou, Structure B at the head of Lost River, and the parks and recreation areas. Most of the project is accessible by boat only. The alligators in the project area are generally non-aggressive, however during the nesting season in late spring and early summer, the females are protective of their nests and after hatching, they are protective of their young. (409) 389-2285.For more complete project information, go to the Wallisville Lake Home Page. Moss Bluff Area Map
 
Lake Charlotte, Lake Miller & Mud Lake, Wallisville Lake Project:
Lake Charlotte, Lake Miller, and Mud Lake are located in the area east of the Trinity River. There are also several other area lakes. Lake Charlotte is the largest of the three lakes, and is the largest westernmost cypress swamp located along the Texas coast. Cedar Hill Park is located on this lake. Mud Lake is the smallest of the three lakes. These lakes are popular for kayaking and birding. Outboard motors are prohibited on Lake Charlotte. A canoe launching area is available. Click on the above link for canoeing trails. Camping permits are required. From Anahuac, go north on FM 563 to Lake Charlotte Road; go left (west) on Lake Charlotte Road. Lake Charlotte Map  Anahuac Map; Click to Enlarge
 
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
 
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. 
                      
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