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J.D. Murphree WMA: Directions

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

Contact: Michael Rezsutek

Dates Open:

Due to regional flooding, Early Teal hunts are canceled through September 29, 2019.

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.


The J.D. Murphree WMA is located near Port Arthur in Jefferson County, along the Texas and Louisiana border near Sabine Lake. From Port Arthur take SH 73 west three miles to the Big Hill Unit where the Area headquarters is located. The Hillebrandt Unit can be reached from the headquarters by going east about 200 yards to Jade St. Turn left on Jade St. and continue to FM 365, about 1.5 miles Turn left on FM 365 and go 2.5 miles to the entrance gate on the left. The Salt Bayou Unit can be reached from the headquarters by going east 2.5 miles on Texas 73 to Texas 82. Turn south on Texas 82 and go 2.5 miles to Texas 87. Go south on Texas 87 for 4.7 miles to the Lost Lake check station.

To reach the headquarters office from Winnie, take SH 73 east 25 miles.

J.D. Murphree - Big Hill Unit

J.D. Murphree - Salt Bayou Unit