The terrain of the preserve includes prairie and wetland habitats, enabled in large part by restoration efforts in recent decades. The preserve includes 40 acres (0.16 km2) of public access areas including camp sites. The remainder of the preserve is available for tours including boardwalk access through the marshes.
The preserve is part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, a network of preserves and trails along the Texas coast featuring habitats for birds and other wildlife.
1999 the Nature Conservancy commissioned an oil and gas operator to setup a new gas well inside the preserve. The location was "the closest to where the prairie chickens normally hung out, or normally boomed."
In 2010 a paper was presented at a Society of Petroleum Engineers conference stating that the original well "died in March 2003, and was unable to flow due to excessive water pollution." As new well was drilled in the same area in late 2007, the new well was for oil and the original was for nature gas.