Rollover Pass and Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

Port Bolivar, Texas

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The Bolivar Peninsula is the long finger of land that separates East Galveston Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, with sandy beaches fringing its south side and areas of marsh on the north. It’s popular with anglers and the sun-and-fun set, but it also boasts one of Texas’s most famous birding locations: Bolivar Flats. TX 87 runs along the peninsula, the route between High Island (UTC 51–55) and the vacation playground of Galveston Island, which encompasses nearly a dozen sites on the GTCBT. Rollover Pass (UTC 56) is the name given to a spot in the village of Gilchrist, 7 miles southwest of High Island, where a boat channel has been cut through a narrowing of the peninsula. It’s worth a quick (or long) stop anytime to check the birds that gather on the mudflats to the north of the “pass” and to scan the Gulf. Pelicans, cormorants, wading birds, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and Black Skimmers may be present in varying numbers, depending on the season, the tide, and your luck the day you visit.
Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

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Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

by Mel White (Falcon Guides)

The Bolivar Peninsula is the long finger of land that separates East Galveston Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, with sandy beaches fringing its south side and areas of marsh on the north. It’s popular with anglers and the sun-and-fun set, but it also boasts one of Texas’s most famous birding locations: Bolivar Flats.

TX 87 runs along the peninsula, the route between High Island (UTC 51–55) and the vacation playground of Galveston Island, which encompasses nearly a dozen sites on the GTCBT. Rollover Pass (UTC 56) is the name given to a spot in the village of Gilchrist, 7 miles southwest of High Island, where a boat channel has been cut through a narrowing of the peninsula. It’s worth a quick (or long) stop anytime to check the birds that gather on the mudflats to the north of the “pass” and to scan the Gulf. Pelicans, cormorants, wading birds, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and Black Skimmers may be present in varying numbers, depending on the season, the tide, and your luck the day you visit.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Port Bolivar
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, fall also good
Local Contacts: Houston Audubon Society
Driving Directions: Directions to Rollover Pass and Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary

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