Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Big Slough Trail

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Texas 77075

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Big Slough Trail

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge: Big Slough Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, which opened in the late 1980s, is home to more than 400 species of wildlife. Its marshes and prairies create some of the richest environments on Earth. Two hunting areas exist—the Christmas Point Public Waterfowl Hunting Area and the Middle Bayou Public Waterfowl Hunting area.

Check with headquarters for restrictions and seasons. Fishing is also available, and the Bastrop Bayou Public Fishing Area has a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier. Bank fishing is available at the Clay Banks and Salt Lake public fishing areas."

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"This wildlife refuge, along with the nearby San Bernard and Big Boggy refuges, provides vital coastal wetlands for migrating waterfowl in winter and is an entry point for songbirds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico. The salt and freshwater marshes, sloughs, ponds, coastal prairies, and bottomland forest create great opportunities for wildlife watching. Brazoria’s 5000-acre native bluestem prairie is one of the last in Texas.

Watch for spiderwebs across the trail, listen for the sounds of birds, and observe the seasonal wildflowers and their attendant butterflies. There is an observation platform over the slough, surrounded by cattails, a good spot to linger and observe. Be careful of snakes, as cottonmouth and rattlesnakes do appear here, although more common are rat and water snakes, which eat small rodents. Snakes may be sunning on the trail on wet days but are most likely buried in the mud when it is hot. Bats, purple martins, chimney swifts, and dragonflies are here to take advantage of the abundant mosquito buffet."

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Trail Information

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Year-round
Season
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Local Contacts
USGS: Oyster Creek
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018