Justin Hurst: Rules (WMA)


Phone: (979) 233-8729

Contact: Owen Best

Dates Open: Jones Creek and Live Oak Nature Loops are open year round. Portions of the Justin Hurst WMA are open for Special Permit hunts and scheduled tours. Contact the Assistant Area Manager for specific dates.

General Access

Major land use patterns to facilitate land drainage and development has influenced Justin Hurst WMA and adjacent marshes. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) was completed in this area during the early 1940's. Jones Creek, which runs north/south through the WMA, was once a tributary to the San Bernard River. Construction of the GIWW and its associated spoil compartments have altered Jones Creek such that it now empties directly into the GIWW. The mouth of the Brazos River was diverted approximately 4 miles west of its natural location adjacent to the WMA to provide for improved boat traffic and flood relief. Tobey Ditch borders the easternmost portion of the WMA and provides flood relief for homes west of the flood levee on the Brazos River. The diversion of the Brazos River and the construction of the GIWW and Tobey Ditch have severely altered the natural drainage patterns and greatly contributed to saltwater intrusion into the Justin Hurst WMA marshes and those on adjacent lands.

Permits Required

Visitors 17 years of age and older must possess an Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit or Limited Public Use (LPU) Permit.