Wildlife Viewing Areas
 Search the U.S.
Find an AnimalFind a Viewing AreaPlan a TripAboutContact


Purchase the Texas wildlife viewing guide
Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park
Protecting wildlife found in no other region of the United States, this park is one of the most outstanding viewing areas in the country. It also protects a part of the subtropical woodlands and shrublands that once covered much of the lower Rio Grande. Ocelot, jaguarundi, bobcat, coyote, javel...
more info

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Description: With beautiful marshland scenery and huge populations of geese, ducks, wading birds, and marsh mammals, these three refuges offer a bright future for wildlife as well as exceptional viewing. Brazoria, San Bernard, and Big Boggy refuges are reasonably close together, sharing diverse habitat types, and harbor the same kinds of wildlife. More that 400 species of wildlife, including at least 250 birds, use these areas. As many as 100,000 or more geese and 40,000 or more ducks winter here. Ten species of wading birds nest here, thirty species of warblers migrate through, and thirteen kinds of sparrows winter here. Mammals found on these refuges include bobcat, coyote, raccoon, armadillo, and river otter. Alligators are common.

Wildlife to Watch: Waterfowl numbers peak December through January. Wading birds are easily viewed all year. Viewing probability is moderate at night or dusk for most mammals. River otters are rare. Brazoria is open to the public only on the first full weekend of each month or, as with Big Boggy, by special arrangements for groups. San Bernard is open during daylight hours. There are no facilities at Big Boggy.

Special Tips: 

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 24,455 acres, San Bernard; 40,854 acres, Brazoria; 4127 acres, Big Boggy 
Closest Town: Lake Jackson

RestroomsParkingHikingBoat LaunchSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Armadillo - photo by USFWS
Use link below please

Driving Directions:
To reach the San Bernard refuge, go south on FM 2004 from Lake Jackson to Texas 36 where FM 2004 turns into FM2611. Continue south on FM 2611 for four miles then turn south on FM 2918 for one mile. Turn southwest for two miles on County Road 306 (gravel), then turn south to the entrance. Brazoria refuge is reached by taking Texas 332 from Lake Jackson south to FM 523 and turning north on 523 for about five miles to County Road 227. Turn east on 227 and five 1.7 miles to the gate, then turn southeast to the entrance. To get to Big Boggy Refuge from U.S. 59, take Texas 60 south from Wharton for thirty-five miles to Wadsworth, turn east on FM 521 for three miles, then south on Chinquapin Road for seven miles to entrance.

Map Link

Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Complex : Wildlife Viewing Area