Lower Neches WMA: Activities at a Glance
Phone: (409) 736-2551
10 Parks & Wildlife Dr.
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Dates Open: Open year round.
Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) have rules and regulations for hunting not required on private property. Hunters must possess a valid hunting license, the appropriate tags and stamps, as well as the proper public hunting permit. Permits include: Annual Public Hunting Permit (APH), computer drawn Special Permits, and the Regular Permit, which allows daily small game hunting on some areas. Hunters 16 years of age and younger are not required to have a hunting permit, but must have a hunting license and be supervised by a licensed, permitted adult, 18 years of age or older. Hunters and non-hunters must wear hunter orange during daylight hours at any time when firearm hunting for any species is authorized on the unit (except turkeys, waterfowl, and dove). For more details see the rules page for this WMA, the Summary of Fishing and Hunting Regulations and Public Hunting Lands Information and Maps.
Fishing for flounder, redfish and black drum is permitted. A small boat can be launched or fishing from the bank is possible. Fishing the canals of the Old River Unit or the Nelda Stark Unit during the daytime are recommended, especially for flounder.
Hiking is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas. Since potable water is not available on many of the Wildlife Management Areas, it is a good idea to bring plenty of drinking water.
There is a walking trail in the Nelda Stark Unit and another near the observation platform in the Old River Unit. Other undeveloped paths run through the grass and shrubs along the ponds and canals.
Viewing wildlife is an enjoyable activity that is available in many of the Wildlife Management Areas of Texas.