Great Texas Wildlife Trails

Matagorda Loop

loop_matagorda.gifSargent BeachBig Boggy National Wildlife Refuge

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More information:

  • Brazosport Chamber of Commerce
    420 Texas 332 West
    Clute, TX 77531
    (409) 265-2505
  • Angleton Chamber of Commerce
    P.O. Box 1356
    Angleton, TX 77516
    (409) 849-6443

001.gif CTC 001 Sargent Beach

Suggested Seasons to visit: Winter, Migration

Site open for day use only.

Begin your journey down the central section of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail (GTCBT) by taking FM 457 south from its intersection with FM 521 in Matagorda County. Explore the coastal grasslands and marshes along FM 457 approaching the coast (White-tailed Kite, Northern Harrier, Sandhill Crane in winter). Scan the beach for shorebirds (Black-bellied Plover, Piping Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling). The bottomlands along Caney Creek, immediately southwest of Sargent, accommodate a rich woodland avifauna. Many of the eastern woodland species, such as Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, and Swainson’s Warbler (rare), may be found in the forests along this waterway. PLEASE, ONLY BIRD CANEY CREEK FROM THE PUBLIC ROADS.

002.gif CTC 002 Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge

Suggested Seasons to visit: Winter

Site access restricted. Call ahead.

Access to this refuge, part of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) complex, is located along FM 521 between Sargent and Matagorda in Matagorda County. Continue west on FM 521 from Sargent until reaching Chinquapin Road, turn left (south) on Chinquapin Road, and then drive by Big Boggy NWR to Chinquapin Landing. This refuge is closed to the public, although day trips are periodically offered by the refuge staff. Contact the Brazoria NWR staff in Angleton for information about arranging for visitation.

Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge
1212 N. Velasco, Suite 200
Angleton, Texas 77515
(409) 849-6062

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