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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 by information 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.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing Permitted

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

A nature trail has been developed near the headquarters, but access must be arranged. Late spring and summer is the best time 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 the 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. To arrange a boat ride into the WMA, contact the following:

Texas Marshland Tours
Capt. Jerry Norris
3262 Bell St.
Port Arthur, TX 77640

For more information on tours of the area, contact: (409) 736-3023

This Wildlife Management Area is one of many wildlife viewing sites along THE GREAT TEXAS COASTAL BIRDING TRAIL.

For information: Texas Parks and Wildlife - Coastal Birding Trail