Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve


Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve is comprised of 514 acres of protected wetland, prairie and forested habitats along Turtle Bayou and Lake Anahuac in Chambers County.  The Preserve is owned by the Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District, for the purposes of preserving coastal habitat and protecting water quality. Galveston Bay Foundation holds a conservation easement on the property to permanently protect the land.

Come enjoy our hiking trails, birding at one of our three wildlife
viewing platforms, or kayaking on Turtle Bayou.


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We are thrilled to have permanently protected this land and now make it available to the public to enjoy. We encourage people to come out and walk the trails and view wildlife from our viewing towers.” – Matt Singer, Director of Land Conservation

Directions to the property

From Houston, TX: Travel east on I-10, approximately 44 miles. Take exit 810 (FM563) and turn right (south) onto FM 563. Drive approximately 1.75 miles to the Preserve entrance.

From Beaumont, TX: Travel west on I-10 approximately 40.6 miles to exit 810 (FM 563). Turn left onto FM 563 and travel approximately 1.75 miles to the Preserve entrance.

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Galveston Bay Foundation is an accredited land trust and has permanently protected more than 8,000 acres of coastal habitat within the Galveston Bay watershed. Conserving natural areas helps ensure clean air and water, food security, scenic landscapes and views, recreational opportunities, and habitat for local and migratory wildlife.

The Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve is funded in part by a financial assistance award from the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Coastal Impact Assistance Program. Additional support was provided by the Texas General Land Office, Chambers County, Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District, and the Galveston Bay Foundation.

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Please help us preserve the Preserve!

A nature preserve is a place where plants and animals are protected.  So, please, take only pictures and leave only footprints!  While enjoying this Preserve:

Please Do
-Use the Preserve from sunrise to sunset
-Use the trails with respect for other users
-Stay on trails to protect plants and animals, and to prevent erosion
-Pack out all trash
-Respect adjacent private properties
-Fish only with a valid Texas Fishing License
-Respect the natural resources
-Have Fun and Be Safe!

Please Do Not:
-Bring pets or horses
-Use motorized vehicles, except for emergency or handicapped access
-Shoot, capture, harass or destroy any wildlife
-Use flying objects that are potentially dangerous

Accessibility: Portions of the trail are ADA accessible and labeled on the map. The trail surface is a natural substrate.

Trail Safety: Be aware of possible hazards including uneven footing, tree limbs, and wildlife.

Chambers- Liberty Counties Navigation District: (409) 267-3541

Read Turtle Bayou Nature Preserve’s Management Plan: