J.D. Murphree WMA: Wildlife Viewing

Phone: (409) 736-2551
10 Parks & Wildlife Dr.
Port Arthur, TX 77640

Contact: Michael Rezsutek

Dates Open:

Fishing, wildlife viewing and other non-consumptive uses are available seasonally as provided in the TPWD Public Hunting Lands Permit Map Booklet. These activities are limited during scheduled public hunts for September teal and regular waterfowl, feral hog and alligator seasons. A Limited Public Use permit is available for non-consumptive uses (e.g., bird watching, photography). An Annual Public Hunting permit is required for participating in public hunts.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing Permitted

Viewing wildlife is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas.

A viewing platform overlooking Compartment 1 is available, but access must be arranged. Late spring and summer are the best times to view least bitterns and other common bird species found in the coastal marshland. A small boat with outboard motor can be launched at a public boat ramp under the Texas 73 bridge. After a short ride on Taylor Bayou to the levees and ditches, visitors can get a much closer view of the local wildlife. Watch for alligators, otters, bobcats, coyotes, minks, muskrats, nutrias, raccoons, swamp rabbits, cottontails, a variety of birds, waterfowl and feral hogs.

This Wildlife Management Area is one of many wildlife viewing sites along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail — see more information, on the Texas Parks and Wildlife — Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail interactive map.