Attwater Prairie-Chicken National Wildlife Refuge

Travel north on TX 60 from Matagorda to Wharton, take FM 102 north to its merger with FM 3013, then take FM 3013 east to the refuge entrance ( approximately 6 miles northeast of Eagle Lake).

Attwater Prairie-Chicken NWR encompasses one of the most significant expanses of native grassland remaining in Colorado County.  Established to protect a vestige population of Attwater's Greater Prairie-Chicken, the refuge is home to many species of grassland birds that have become scarce with the conversion of the native prairies to agricultural uses.  White-tailed Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Sprague's Pipit, Sedge Wren, Grasshopper Sparrow, LeConte's Sparrow, and Harris's Sparrow are among the species that are relatively easy to find here in the winter.  A numbre of rarities have appeared here, including Least Grebe, Masked Duck, Zone-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, and Say's Phoebe.  Access to the refuge is restricted.  The refuge hosts the Attwter's Prairie-Chicken Festival each spring during the second weekend in April.  In addition, the Attwater Prairie-Chicken NWR CBC is held each year in late December (contact refuge to participate).  Eagle Lake (approximately 2 miles south of the town of Eagle Lake on FM 102) furnishes quality viewing opportunities for waterfowl.  Bald Eagles are frequently seen soaring over the lake in the winter.

(979) 234-3021