Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge

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Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge


(979) 849-5118

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Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge consists of flat coastal prairies, salt marshes, and two large saltwater lakes. Established to provide habitat for migratroy waterfowl and other bird species, Big Boggy includes Dressing Point Island in East Matagorda Bay, a major rookery for colonial nesting birds on the Texas coast. The refuge is the smallest in the Texas Midcoast Refuges Complex. Its 4,526 acres may be small but holds an impressive number of waterfowl - up to 55,000 geese and 15,000 ducks annually.

Map of Big Boggy NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 28.914720, -95.578995



  • Bird Watching

    The Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex has been designated as an internationally significant shorebird site by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. This designation indicates that the combined complex hosted over 100,000 shorebirds during spring migration. Dowitchers, dunlins, lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated and western sandpipers can best be observed in the spring between mid-March and mid-May and in the fall between July and September.

    While great numbers of shorebirds crowd the shorelines and shallow water, thousands of waterfowl fill the marshes and freshwater ponds. The winds spread the calling of the many rail species while carrying passerines during their long migration.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed year-round. The refuge has a handicapped fishing area at Bastrop Bayou. To reach the designated area, cross over the bridge and circle under it. Bank fishing for redfish, spotted seatrout, black drum, sheepshead, and flounder is allowed at the Clay Banks, which are accessible via a gravel road running south from the Bastrop fishing pier, and at the Salt Lake area. Boat fishing is permitted on Salt, Nicks, and Lost lakes by way of the Intracoastal Waterway or Bastrop Bayou. Boats are not allowed to be launched at the Salt Lake Fishing Area parking lot

  • Hunting

    Big Boggy is only open to the public for the waterfowl hunting season and for special tours. Two public hunting areas are available throughout the regular waterfowl hunting season. No special use permits or fees are required. For details please view the link listed below or contact the complex office at 979/964-4011.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Three national wildlife refuges - Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy - form a vital complex of coastal wetlands harboring more than 300 bird species. They serve as an end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neotropical migratory songbirds tired from a 600-mile Gulf crossing from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Located just south of Houston, the refuge complex offers haven for both wildlife and people.

    For wildlife, the expanse of salt and freshwater marshes, sloughs, ponds, coastal prairies, and bottomland forest represent feasting and lodging for all or part of the year. For people, these vestiges of wild Texas offer exceptional wildlife watching.



The refuge borders Matagorda Bay, about seven miles south of Wadsworth and 20 miles from Bay City. From Brazoria, Texas, drive west on FM 521 to Chinquapin Road. Turn left (south) and drive by Big Boggy NWR to Chinquapin Landing.

Phone Numbers


(979) 849-5118