Rosharon Texas History:
The Rosharon area was occupied by cotton and sugar plantations prior to the Civil War. In 1859 the Columbia Tap Railroad completed a line and built a station which became known as Masterson’s Station after the nearest plantation. It was also unofficially called Buttermilk Station because a local resident sometimes treated the train crew to a bucket of buttermilk. Around 1900, George Wetmore Colles purchased property nearby and called his estate the Rose of Sharon Garden Ranch because of the abundance of Cherokee roses that grew in hedges. The town later shortened the ranch name to Rosharon when the post office was established in 1912. The post office opened, closed, reopened, and then closed for good in 1920. Tom Lockridge platted the townsite and moved a cotton gin to Rosharon. The gin’s engine provided enough power to provide limited electricity to the town. The South Texas Water Company built freshwater irrigation canals for rice cultivation in the 1930s. By the late 1980s, Rosharon had an estimated population of 500. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates four units nearby. Major industries are ranching and farming. The 2010 Rosharon census was 1,152. Rosharon is located at the intersection of FM 521 and FM 1462, 28 miles slightly southeast of Needville, 7.5 miles east of the Brazos River, 33 miles south of Houston, 23 miles southwest of Pearland, 15.5 miles southwest of Alvin, 15 miles southwest of Manvel, 28 miles east of Needville, 24 miles northeast of West Columbia, 34.8 miles northwest of Surfside Beach, 15.8 miles northwest of Danbury, 15 miles northwest of Liverpool, 33.5 miles north of Freeport, 26 miles north of Clute, 24 miles north of Lake Jackson, and 14 miles north of Angleton, Texas.
Historic Sandy Point Cemetery, Prior to 1845:
“Established prior to 1845, this county cemetery contains the graves of veterans of the 1836 Texas Revolution, veterans of the Civil War, and members of the Mier Expedition. Colonel B.F. Terry, organizer of Terry’s Texas Rangers, was formerly buried here.” The Texas Historical Marker is located on FM 521, approximately 3 miles north of Rosharon.
Annual Houston Rodeo Texas Independence Association Trail Ride, Brazoria to Houston, Feb:
This108 mile trail ride was established in 1961. The 2015 trail began on Saturday, February 21 with 150 riders and 8 wagons. On Saturday they went on a 15-mile circle ride and took breaks at FM 523 at CR 233, and at Cemetery Road and SH 288. They spent the night at the Brazoria County Fairgrounds at 901 S. Downing Street, Angleton. On Sunday they left the fairgrounds on CR 428i and took a break on the exit road before CR 171. Lunch was at Skrabanek Park at 5th
and Main Streets in Danbury, Texas. They spent the night at the Alvin Rotary Park on CR 172 in Alvin Texas. On Monday they left for the 11.7-mile ride to the Alvin Youth Arena on CR 351, 0.25 miles north of FM 517, in Alvin. They took a break at Old Roadside Park on SH 35 North. Lunch was in the Kroger parking lot on SH 35 North. On Tuesday they traveled 14 miles to the Johnson Space Center, 1601 NASA Road 1 (Clear Lake City) where they spent the night. They took breaks at the corner of FM 528 and Lundy Lane, and in the HEB parking lot on FM 528, and had lunch in the Kroger parking lot on FM 528. On Wednesday they headed out on FM 528 for the 13-mile ride to their overnight camping site at the Moose Lodge, 3919 Pansy Street, Pasadena, Texas. They took a break at Bay Area Park (7500 Bay Area Boulevard, 77058), had lunch at the Pasadena Fire Department on Genoa Red Bluff, and took a break on the shoulder of Fairmont Parkway. On Thursday, they left for the 13-mile ride to their overnight camp at 4320 Old Spanish Trail, Houston. They took a morning break in the parking lot on the corner of Allen-Genoa and Spencer. Lunch was at the Foodarama on Hwy. 3 and Howard. They took a break at the closed Bennigan’s, past the YMCA and across from Enterprise Bank. On Friday they took morning breaks at Cullen and the IH-45 feeder road, and at Break Gray and Taft. Lunch was at the Depelchin Center, 4950 Memorial Drive. They spent the night at Memorial Park (6501 Memorial Drive, 77007). They road 11.3 miles on Friday. Texas Independence Trail Ride Association 2018 Daily Schedule
October 12-18, 2018
Annual Brazoria County Fair, Livestock Show & Rodeo in Angleton, October:
Activities include live entertainment, a carnival, a BBQ cook-off, a livestock show and rodeo, auctions, a parade, pageants, contests, a pet parade, tricycle races, a youth horseshow, commercial exhibits, live music, a science fair and more. (979) 849-6416. This event is held at the Brazoria County Fair Grounds. 901 S. Downing Street, Angleton, Texas.
2 Dec 2017 with Snow
Annual Home for the Holidays Festival & Parade in Alvin, 1st Saturday in Dec:
Activities include pooch photos with Santa at noon at the Depot, live entertainment, food vendors, a Christmas Market, a cookie decorating contest and a Christmas story, photo frame decorating, Snow Hill, and the World’s Tallest Snowman, story time, ornament making, the Light Parade at 5:30pm, the Christmas tree lighting and photos with Santa, and much more. Events take place at National Oak Park near the Depot at 310 E. Sealy Street. (281) 388-4299. Snow
Varner Creek Winery, Angleton:
The produce elderberry, jalapeno, loquat and other wines, including meads made from honey. They are new and did not have a tasting room in spring 2018. They do wine tastings by appointment. (979) 236-0659. 1014 North Velasco, Angleton, Texas.
Nana’s Tortilla Factory:
(281) 915-5976. 15052 SH 6, Rosharon. Reviews
Birding - Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Upper Texas Gulf Coastal Region:
Coastal Plains Loop:
Clute, Richwood, Lake Jackson, Bailey’s Prairie, Oyster Creek, Brazoria NWR, Brazoria, San Bernard NWR, Chocolate Bayou
San Bernard Loop:
San Bernard NWR, Jones Creek, Freeport, Surfside, Quintana, Justin Hurst WMA
Texas Birds Checklist
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Bird Species List,
Angleton & Brazoria- The checklist was being revised as of August 2017. Click link for availability.
Big Boggy, Brazoria & San Bernard NWRs Butterflies & Dragonflies Checklist
Brazos Bend State Park Bird Checklist,
Brazos Bend State Park Butterfly Checklist,
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine
Mosquito Information for Texas:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love standing water and love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. Some that work include Off! Deep Woods, Off! Family Care Unscented with Aloe Vera, Cutter Unscented, Maggie’s Farm Natural, EcoSmart, All terrain Herbal Armor, Off Clip On, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E (expensive). The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites. The Brazoria County Mosquito District
provides surveillance and education programs. (979) 864-1532. 1380 East Kiber Street, Angleton, Texas 77515.
Brazosport Birders Birding Club:
Meetings are held the 4th
Monday of every month from September through May; there is no December Meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meetings are held at 7pm at the Museum of Natural Science at the Center for Arts & Sciences, 400 College Boulevard, Clute, Texas.
Wake Nation Houston, Rosharon, TX:
This is one of only 10 wakeboarding parks in the nation. It is located on a 12 acre lake. They offer summer wakeboarding camps. They are open weekends during spring the break weeks in March, open weekends during April, and open daily, May through August. (281) 431-4444. They are located at 4411 CR 418, Rosharon, TX 77583. Email
The Brazos River rises at the confluence of its Salt Fork and Double Mountain Fork near the eastern boundary of Stonewall County in the Texas Panhandle Plains Region. It flows 840 miles across Texas to its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico, two miles south of Freeport in Brazoria County. The two forks rise 150 miles above the confluence, thus forming a continuous 1,050-mile-long watershed, making it the longest river in Texas. The Brazos has seven principal tributaries, including the Salt and Double Mountain forks. The others are the Clear Fork, the Bosque and Little rivers, Yegua Creek, and the Navasota River which joins the Brazos River six miles southwest of Navasota in southwestern Grimes County. In addition, there are fifteen sub tributaries within the watershed, the most important being the Leon River, a tributary of the Little River. Although the Brazos was well known to Spanish explorers and missionaries who described the Indians located along its banks, the first permanent settlements on the river were made by Anglo-Americans. John McFarland, one of the Old Three Hundred, founded San Felipe de Austin at the Atascosito Crossing of the Brazos. The town became the colonial capital of Texas. Velasco, the site of the first colonial resistance to Mexican authority, is located on the River as are Columbia and Washington-on-the-Brazos, two of the first seats of government of the Republic of Texas. Originally, the Brazos was navigable for 250 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the town of Washington. It was an important waterway before the Civil War, and efforts to improve it for navigation continued until the early twentieth century. Important cities in the Brazos watershed are Lubbock, Graham, Waco, Temple, Belton, Freeport and Galveston. Houston abuts the region along the Fort Bend and Brazoria County lines. The most important lakes on the Brazos River are Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Whitney. Brazos River Fish Stocking History
Arbuckle Reservoir, Wharton & Lane City:
The Arbuckle Reservoir dam is being constructed on the Colorado River near the Texas Gulf Coast, and near Lane City in Wharton County. The new reservoir would capture water that would normally run into Matagorda Bay, and will be filled and refilled multiple times each year. Planned completion date is 2018. When full, the reservoir will be approximately two miles across and a mile wide and will have a circumference of approximately 5 miles. The new reservoir will decrease demand on the release of water from Lakes Buchanan and Travis, two of the Highland Lakes in Central Texas, and will benefit downstream customers, including rice farmers. Downstream farmers have not received water from the Highland Lakes since 2011. Lane City is located at the intersection of SH 60 and FM 442, 8.6 miles southeast of Wharton, Texas. (512) 473-3200. (800) 776-5272.
Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area Information, Freeport & Jones Creek:
This 15,612-acre Wildlife Management Area is located on the Brazos River within a league of land deeded to Stephen F. Austin by the Mexican government in 1830. The tract was known as Peach Point Plantation. The portion of Peach Point Plantation that contains the Justin Hurst WMA was donated to Austin College by Mrs. Lucy Harvey. The property was later sold to a consortium of six major petro-chemical corporations. Development plans included construction of an offshore pumping station for oil tankers. However, plans were canceled due to the decline in the oil-based economy. The Nature Conservancy eventually acquired the 8,580-acre tract. Between 1985 and 1987, TPWD purchased the land from the Nature Conservancy using funds from waterfowl stamp sales.An additional 1,627 acres were acquired as mitigation from the Brazos River Harbor District. The two WMA units include the Main Unit at Jones Creek and the Bryan Beach Unit located south of Freeport. Habitat consists of upland hardwood, prairie, and freshwater and saltwater marshes. The Live Oak Loop nature trail is ADA compliant
. Activities include hunting, fishing, biking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Bring your own drinking water. Portions of the units are open year-round, except during Special Permit hunts and scheduled tours.
Hunting Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area, Freeport & Jones Creek:
Unlimited feral hogs and coyotes may be hunted from assigned blinds by those randomly selected during special permits drawings; baiting and ATV or ORV use is permitted. The WMA offers a youth only feral hog hunt and deer hunting by gun. The WMA also offers waterfowl, rail, gallinule, and snipe hunting. An Annual Public Hunting permit is required to gain access during the designated hunting days. Amenities include game cleaning facilities. There are no game storage facilities.
Justin Hurst WMA Hunting Brochure
Justin Hurst WMA 2017-2018 Hunting Details
Justin Hurst WMA Dove Hunting Map
Nannie M. Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area Information, Brazoria:
The 3,664-acre Wildlife Management Area consists primarily of coastal bottomland hardwood forest which is prone to frequent flooding by the San Bernard River. The WMA offers archery hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs by compartment. Baiting and use of ATVs or ORVs is permitted. Hunters may bring portable blinds. Camping and fires are prohibited. There are no restrooms; bring your own drinking water. The hunter check-in station is located 2 miles north of the intersection of CR 316 and FM 2611, or 3 miles south of the intersection of FM 521 and CR 316. The WMA is located 14 miles southwest of Lake Jackson, 5 miles south of Brazoria, and 7 miles southeast of Sweeny, Texas. From CR 316 in Lake Jackson turn left onto SH 332E and drive approximately 10 miles to Brazoria. In Brazoria turn left onto FM 521 (south) and drive approximately five miles to the intersection with CR 316 (Stratton Place Road). Turn left onto CR 316 and continue three miles to the WMA.
Hunting Nannie M. Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area, Brazoria:
The WMA offers archery hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs by compartment. Baiting and use of ATVs or ORVs is permitted. Hunters may bring portable blinds. Camping and fires are prohibited. There are no restrooms; bring your own drinking water. The hunter check-in station is located 2 miles north of the intersection of CR 316 and FM 2611, or 3 miles south of the intersection of FM 521 and CR 316.For more information, read the Hunting Brochure
and the 2017-1018 Hunting Details
Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Information, Matagorda, Sargent & Wadsworth:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The 4,526-acre Big Boggy refuge was established in 1983 with the primary purpose of serving as a salt marsh sanctuary for birds, thus the refuge is only open for public waterfowl hunting season, and for special activities and tours. Volunteer
positions are available. Big Boggy’s Dressing Point Island is one of the most important and prominent bird rookeries on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and like the Brazoria and San Bernard NWR's, Big Boggy’s coastal wetlands attract resident birds, neotropical migratory birds, wintering waterfowl, and resident wildlife. The Big Boggy Refuge is #2 on the Matagorda Birding Loop. It is located between Matagorda and Sargent, Texas. From Brazoria, drive west on FM 521 to Chinquapin Road (CR 262); turn south (left), and drive to Big Boggy NWR. The refuge borders Matagorda Bay.
Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Area Map
Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Map with Amenities
Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Areas with Parking Map
Hunting Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge, Matagorda, Sargent & Wadsworth:
The Matthis Public Waterfowl Hunting Area and the Polton Lake Public Waterfowl Hunting Area provide excellent hunting. Parking is available at both areas. No special use permits, or fees are required. (979) 664-4011. Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Areas with Parking Map
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Information, Angleton:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The 43,388-acre Brazoria NWR was established in 1966. It is partially located on Chocolate Bay and is #108 on the Coastal Plains Birding Loop. Its proximity to Freeport helps Freeport have one of the highest Audubon Christmas bird counts in the nation. The 3-mile CR 227 entrance road passes through bluestem prairie terrain and offers opportunities for roadside viewing of wildflowers, birds and other wildlife. Please do not access the private land on either side of the road. In winter more than 100,000 snow geese, Canadian geese, pintails, northern shovelers, teal, gadwall, American wigeon and mottled ducks fill the ponds and sloughs. Sandhill cranes also winter here. During the summer, white ibis, roseate spoonbill, mottled duck, white-tailed kite, clapper rail, horned lark, seaside sparrow, black skimmer, scissor-tailed flycatchers, ten species of herons and egrets nest at the refuge. Alligators can be viewed on Big Slough and in refuge ponds. The Christmas Point and the Middle Bayou Waterfowl Hunting
Areas are available for use during waterfowl hunting season. These two sites offer good duck and goose hunting. The 4,000-acre Christmas Point Area is located southeast of the Intracoastal Waterway and is accessible is by boat only. The 1,500-acre Middle Bayou Hunting Area has boat and walk in access. The regular waterfowl season runs from late October through mid-January. The NWR is located near Angleton, Texas. From Angleton at the intersection of SH 288 and FM 523, take FM 523 to the FM 2004 intersection and drive on 523 for 5.5 more miles to CR 227. Turn left on 227 and proceed to the refuge entrance; the refuge office is in a Demi-john about 3 miles east of the entrance.
The refuge is 19.7 miles northeast of Freeport, Texas. Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Facilities Map
Hunting Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge:
The Christmas Point and the Middle Bayou Waterfowl Hunting Areas are available for use during waterfowl hunting season. These two sites offer good duck and goose hunting. The 4,000-acre Christmas Point Area is located southeast of the Intracoastal Waterway; access is by boat only. The 1,500-acre Middle Bayou Hunting Area has boat and walk in access. The regular waterfowl season runs from late October through mid-January. (979) 849-6062. Hunting Brochure Alligator Marsh Hunting Map
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge Information, Lake Jackson & Angleton:
The Brazoria, San Bernard and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges are part of the Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
, a vital coastal wetlands complex which is located at the end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neo-tropical migratory songbirds from Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.Located on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the salt and fresh water marshes, coastal prairies, and bottomland forests provide abundant habitat for fish, birds, alligators and other wildlife. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the Complex.The Intracoastal Waterway is located on the southeastern edge of the San Bernard Refuge, and the San Bernard River winds through the northeastern section of the refuge. Units include Hudson Woods, Betty Brown, Dow Woods, Halls Bayou and Buffalo Creek. Call for information regarding the Halls Bayou and Buffalo Creek Units. San Bernard activities include hiking, auto tours, wildlife observation, and fishing. Bicyclists are welcome on all roads open to public auto traffic. Wildlife species include alligators, bobcats, and other animals. Texas’ Champion Live Oak is located on the San Bernard Oak Trail. Geese, duck and coot hunting is available. Volunteer
positions are available. The refuge is open daily, sunrise to sunset. The NWR units are located near Lake Jackson and Angleton, Texas. The refuge is 23.2 miles southwest of Freeport, Texas. Location Map San Bernard NWR Facilities Map
Hunting the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge:
Geese, duck and coot hunting is available. Waterfowl hunting is available on the Cedar Lakes, Cow Trap Lakes, Salt Bayou and Smith Marsh areas. These areas are accessed by boat only. Cedar Lakes is located south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Smith area is located on the west side of Cedar Lakes Creek. Salt Bayou is accessible from Cedar Lake Creek, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway or through the shallow Cowtrap Lakes systems. Waterfowl hunting is also available at the Sargent Permit area which offers walk-in and boat access. The Sargent Permit Waterfowl Hunt is held each Wednesday and Saturday during the duck season/ Hunters must reserve a hunt day and pay for the permit(s) prior to the hunt date. A boat ramp is located on Cedar Lake Creek at the end of the Cocklebur Slough tour road. The ramp provides access to the Cedar Lakes area. The boat ramp is suitable for launching canoes, kayaks and small motorboats. Scroll down for Hunting Map
Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site Information, West Columbia:
In 1902, Governor Hogg purchased land along Varner Creek from Martin Varner, a member of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred colony who had established a sprawling plantation on the Brazos River in 1824. Though the Governor drilled several oil wells on the site, oil was not discovered on his property until 1920, 14 years after his death. In 1958, his daughter Ima Hogg donated 66 acres, including the two story Greek revival plantation house and the kitchen building, to the State of Texas. Guided tours of the 1835 house museum are available Tue-Sun, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Reservations are not required for groups of less than 10 people. For larger groups, reservations must be made 2 weeks in advance. School tours are also available by reservation. The 1920s interpretive barn is open daily for self-guided tours. Come visit during the spring when the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes are in full bloom. The park has a 0.5-acre pond. Activities include birding, picnicking, and historical interpretation. Annual events include Juneteenth Reunions, the San Jacinto Festival, and a Christmas Celebration held on the first weekend in December; Christmas tours are held throughout December. This historic site is available for family reunions, weddings and other events. For more park information read the Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site Visitor Guide
. Varner-Hogg Plantation is located 2 miles north of West Columbia on FM 2852. Take FM 2852 to Park Road 51 (North 13th Street).
Fish Stocking History
Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site Information, Brazoria:
This plantation is significant to the antebellum period of Texas and the era of Reconstruction. In 1848, Levi Jordan purchased more than 2,200 acres in Brazoria County. He commissioned the construction of the family home, a brick sugar house, brick slave cabins, a large sugar mill, and other ancillary buildings utilizing slave labor. Site amenities include the two story Greek revival style plantation house and significant archeological remains, including the slave quarters that were subsequently occupied by freedmen until the 1880s. Following the civil war, sharecropping replaced slavery as a labor source, and cotton replaced sugar cane as the cash crop. A small cemetery is located onsite. This historic site closed for renovations in 2008. On the first Saturday of each month from 10am-2pm, THC staff members meet with visitors to discuss the development plans and host tours. Group tours are available by appointment. They also host other special events. Volunteer positions are available. For more information call the Levi Jordan Plantation site staff at (432) 693-6951, and the Texas Historical Commission at (512) 463-7948. The house is located 4 miles southwest of Brazoria on FM 521, just past the intersection of FM 521 and FM 524 (Four Corners).
Brazos Bend State Park Information, Needville:
This 5,000-acre park is located on a portion of the original land grant given to Stephen F. Austin’s original colony (the Old 300) by the Mexican government in 1827. The land was purchased in 1975-1976 and opened as a state park in 1984. The park is located on 3.2 miles of Brazos River frontage. Big Creek winds through the park. The creek is shaded by sycamore, cottonwood, and black willow trees. There are eight lakes, including Elm, Hale, 40 Acre Lake, Creekfield Lake, Old Horseshoe, and New Horseshoe Lakes. The park is No. 017 on the Brazoria Birding Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. More than 300 species of birds have been sighted. The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences’ George Observatory is located on the park grounds. The park offers gun hunting of white-tailed deer and feral hogs from assigned blinds. Other park activities include camping, picnicking, swimming, mountain and surfaced biking, hiking, horseback riding (bring your own horses), fishing and wildlife viewing. This is one of TPWD’s most popular State Parks. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, read the Park Brochure
, and watch the Park Video
. From SH 288 go west on FM 1462 and then turn north on FM 762. The route is marked with brown State Park signs. The park is located just east of Needville, Texas. The park is located at
21901 FM 762, Needville, Texas 77461. Brazos Bend State Park Facilities Map
Brazos Bend State Park Hunting:
The park offers gun hunting of white-tailed deer, and unlimited feral hogs from assigned blinds. Park access is restricted during scheduled hunts. Usually the white-tailed deer hunts last for two weeks, but the hunting period can be extended. 2017 Hunting Details
Galveston Island State Park Information, Galveston:
This 2,013-acre park is located on the west end of Galveston Island in the City of Galveston. The Great Storm of 1900 destroyed most of the facilities on Galveston Island, caused almost 10,000 deaths, and precipitated the building of the seawall which helped save parts of the City of Galveston during the latest devastating storm, Hurricane Ike. The September 1998, Hurricane Frances destroyed sand dunes in the park which are the only protection the facilities have from the Gulf of Mexico waters. The dunes are rebuilt annually by creating a foundation out of used Christmas trees. The park was rebuilt after the September 2008 Hurricane Ike. Park activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming (ask park staff about presence of rip tides and jellyfish), hiking, bike riding, kayaking and birding. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more information read the park brochure
, and watch the 2009 park video pre-Hurricane Ike
and the park video post-Hurricane Ike
Galveston Island State Park Facilities Map
Galveston Island State Park Trails Map
Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge Information, Eagle Lake:
This 10,528-acre National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect the habitat of a remnant population of Atwater’s Prairie Chickens (grouse). Habitat consists of native prairies, croplands, marshes, ponds, Coushatta Creek, woodlots and riparian areas. The Attwater’s Prairie Chicken prefers a habitat of undisturbed tall prairie grass. They can tolerate some agricultural land mixed with prairie, but for every increase in the percentage of agricultural lands in the mix, there is a decrease in the population of the prairie chickens. They do not migrate. They eat a diet of seeds and fruit, but during the summer they will also eat insects and green plants. These birds were once widespread across the oak savanna and tall grass prairies, but due to over hunting and increased farming, they became almost extinct in the 1930s. They now live on small parcels of managed prairie land. The population is estimated to be 459,000. During the spring mating season males gather on the “booming” grounds to perform an elaborate courtship ritual. They inflate their yellow air sacs and emit a strange booming sound across the sea of grasses. Snow does not bother the prairie chickens; they dive into it to keep warm. Their problems begin when spring rains drench their chicks, and when draughts destroy their chick’s food source. Studies have shown that the chickens avoid nesting or rearing their chicks within a quarter mile of power lines, and within a third of a mile of improved roads. They also avoid agricultural land, rural farms, and communication towers. The Houston Zoo runs a captive prairie chicken breeding program which is overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2006, the zoo moved its captive colony from a noisy section of the Houston Zoo to a quieter area at the Johnson Space Center, which resulted in a record production of eggs and chicks in the next full breeding season. These numbers are now increasing annually. Two other protected program sites are the Texas City Prairie Preserve, and a program recently started on private land near Goliad where 30 captive-bred juveniles were released into the wild. From Eagle Lake, take FM 3013 northeast for 6.5 miles.
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences.
Hunting, Texas Parks and Wildlife, General Hunting Information
Hunting, Public Hunting on State Lands, TPWD
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Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery-operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates
on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar