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High Island

High Island Policies and Rules

Visitor Information

  • Privately owned and managed by the Houston Audubon Society.

  • The four sanctuaries at High Island (Boy Scout Woods, Smith Oaks, Eubanks Woods, and Gast Red Bay) are open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk. At Smith Oaks the gate at Old Mexico Rd is open dawn to dusk March 15-May 15 and on weekends in the fall: September 15-October 15. The Winnie Street entrance at Smith Oaks is open 365 days a year, dawn to dusk.

  • The entry fee for adults at High Island sanctuaries is $30 for an annual patch or $8 for a day pass. Children and students are free. All groups pay full admission. Group billing available with prior approval from the Houston Audubon office. Proceeds benefit Houston Audubon Sanctuaries.

  • Boardwalks may be slippery when wet.

  • Beware of venomous snakes, mosquitoes, fire ants, poison ivy and armadillo burrows.


Because this is a wildlife sanctuary, we ask you to observe the following rules.

Contact Pete Deichmann, Sanctuaries Manager, at with any questions.

Photography Guidelines for the Rookery Observation Platforms

  • Please show consideration for other sanctuary visitors and allow them to view birds from the observation platforms.

  • Limit your time at the front of the observation platforms to 20 minutes.

  • Flash photography allowed only within the photo blind at Boy Scout Woods.

  • If you are not taking pictures, please move your equipment off the platform.


  • Tents at Smith Oaks

    Tents are allowed in the picnic area only. The maximum limit is 3 days. There is no charge. Tents must be down each morning. No open fires. No water is available. but portable toilet facilities are available

  • RVs

    No overnight RV parking in Houston Audubon High Island sanctuary parking lots, except for working volunteers with parking permit.

  • Citgo
  • BP
  • Chevron Retiree Association
  • Land Sea & Sky
  • Shell Oil Company Foundation
  • Strabo Tours
  • Tropical Birding