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Acquisition is ongoing at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, located 45 miles northeast of Houston, Texas. Currently, the refuge consists of over 23,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest along the Trinity River. The refuge, which is a remnant of what was once a much larger natural area, is a broad, flat floodplain made up of numerous sloughs, oxbows, artesian wells, and tributaries.

Purpose of The Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
To protect a remnant of the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem along the lower Trinity River.

Primary Goal of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
To promote the conservation of migratory waterfowl and to offset or prevent the serious loss of wetlands by acquisition of wetlands and other essential habitat, and for other purposes.

Objectives of the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge

  • To protect, enhance, and restore the natural diveristy of the Lower Trinity River Floodplain on and off refuge lands thorugh (1) land acquisition and/or conservation easements when appropriate; (2) the management of habitat and wildlife resources on refuge lands, and; (3) by strengthening existing, and establishing new cooperative efforts with the public, private conservation groups and other governmental agencies.
  • To provide for wildlife dependent public recreation as mandated by and according to Service policy on the Trinity River NWR that results in furthering the public's understanding and apprication of the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem and the National Wildlife Refuge System.
  • To protect, maintain, and plan for Service managed cultural resources on the Trinity River NWR for the benefit of present and future generations and in compliance with historic and archeological resources protection law and regulations

Refuge Recreation
Champion Lake PierCurrently, the Trinity River NWR and proposed acquisition areas provide important breeding, wintering, and stopover habitat for a variety of migratory wildlife including waterfowl and numerous neotropical birds. A total of 620 species of birds occur in the bottomland forests and associated wetlands in eastern Texas; 100 bird species are known or believed to breed there. It has been documented that the Trinity River NWR contains over 600 plant species and over 400 vertebrate species. Wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities available at the Trinity River NWR include fishing, bird watching, photography, and general nature observation. All these recreational opportunities are permitted at the 800 acre Champion Lake area, located at the southern end of Liberty county off FM 1409 and CR 417. From I-10 exit Old River/Winfree, go north on FM 565 to FM 1409, go north to CR 417 and turn right. Once on CR417, travel 1.8 miles to the end of the gravel road (all government facilities are on the left side). From Dayton, take FM 1409 south 10.5 miles to CR 417 and turn left. For additional information contact the refuge at (936) 336-9786 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it