• Birder on Village Creek Bridge in Turkey Creek Unit

    Big Thicket

    National Preserve Texas

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  • Hunter Registration Begins July 7

    Big Thicket National Preserve staff will begin issuing hunting permits for the 2014-2015 season on July 7, 2014, at the Preserve visitor center. The visitor center is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Please call 951-6700 for more information.

Fees & Reservations

There are no entrance fees or user fees in Big Thicket National Preserve.

Free permits are required for backpacking, overnight river use, and hunting. Visitors must get these permits in person at the Preserve visitor center.

The Preserve issues the Interagency Access Pass free of charge to any U.S. citizen with a permanent disability. This lifetime pass provides free entrance to all federal recreational areas for the lifetime of the holder.

We do not issue the Interagency Senior Pass or Annual Pass. Please go to www.store.usgs.gov/pass for information on these passes, including a list of sites that sell them. You can purchase the lifetime and annual passes by mail through this website for a $10 fee.

Preserve staff provide free resource education programs for school groups. Reservations are required for these programs. Please call 409-951-6700 for information about our educational programs or to make reservations.

Did You Know?

Sour Lake Baths

Tourism in the Big Thicket area dates back to 1845. A spa located in Sour Lake, catered to the likes of Sam Houston and sold the "sour" water to tourists