McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
Thousands of ducks visit this part of the Texas Chenier Plain Refuge Complex. The refuge offers 5 miles of interior roads provide wildlife viewing and access to boat ramps, fishing piers and observation platforms.
Location help: Texas 87, about 12 miles past Sabine Pass (past Sabine Woods and Sea Rim State Park entrance)
Restrooms: Public Restrooms are located near the park entrance on the left.
- Thousands of waterfowl feed in the marsh
- ducks in 24 species can number up to 100,000 from October through March. The gravel road to Clam Lake guides birders to waterfowl in winter. Wading birds and shore birds in the marsh;
- Clapper and King Rails, especially in the spring
- Least Bitterns nesting in marshes and American Bitterns wintering over
- Ibis, Herons
- Eastern Kingbirds and Orchard Orioles in the summer
- Savannah Sparrows in winter
- Seaside Sparrows year round. Check Salt Cedars along Texas 87 for migrants in season
- beach may produce gulls, terns and shorebirds
- White-tailed Kites and Crested Caracara are common along this stretch. Listen for geese overhead.
Visit the adjacent Gulf side park, McFaddin Beach
To visit McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge’s government website, click here.
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