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Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area
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Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area Information:
This 6,200 acre Wildlife Management Area was established in 1984 along the Texas coast between Houston and Corpus Christi. It consists of 6,200 acres of freshwater marsh which is subject to flooding from the Guadalupe River and its adjacent bayous. The WMA is divided into 4 units. Habitat includes natural and manmade coastal wetlands, riparian areas, and the adjacent uplands located in the vicinity of the delta of the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers. Due to the discharge of fresh water from the Guadalupe River, the bay salinity is extremely low compared to the salinity levels of other Texas bays. Endangered or threatened species inhabiting the WMA include the Brown Pelican, Reddish Egret, White-faced Ibis, Wood Stork, American Bald Eagle, White-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Whooping Crane, and the Texas Diamondback Terrapin. The area provides excellent forage for Neotropical songbirds, and serves as a breeding ground and nursery for red drum, Atlantic croaker, spotted seatrout, brown shrimp, white shrimp, blue crab, and other marine species. Activities include hunting, fishing, crabbing and birding. From Victoria, take SH 185 southeast to SH 35. Go right on SH 35 and drive 1 mile to the entrance. The WMA is located 3 miles northeast of Tivoli. See directions for the three units at the bottom of this page.
 
Guadalupe River:   
The Guadalupe River rises in two forks in western Kerr County. Its North Fork rises just south of SH 41, four miles from the Real-Kerr County line, and flows east for twenty-two miles to its confluence with the South Fork, near Hunt, Texas. The South Fork rises three miles southwest of the intersection of SH 39 and FM187 and flows northeast for twenty miles to meet the North Fork. After these two branches converge, the Guadalupe River proper flows southeast for 230 miles as it passes through Kerr, Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, and Victoria Counties. It then forms the boundary between southern Victoria County and Calhoun County and between Calhoun and Refugio Counties before reaching its mouth on San Antonio Bay near Seadrift, Texas. The river’s principal tributaries are the Comal and San Marcos Rivers. Lakes on the Guadalupe River include Canyon Lake, Lake McQueeney, Lake Dunlap, Lake Placid, Lake Gonzales, Wood Lake, and Meadow Lake. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority oversees the control, storage, and distribution of water from the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers. The river is favored by Canoers and kayakers, and favored in some areas for its tubing. Towns on the river include San Marcos, Kerrville, New Braunfels, Seguin, Gonzales, Victoria, Prairie Lea, Fentress, and others.  Fish Stocking History
 
Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area Units:
Habitat at the 4,447 acre Mission Lake Unit consists of freshwater marsh and riparian forest areas along Goff and hog Bayous. Hunting is permitted. Habitat at the 1,007 acre Hynes Bay Unit consists of tidal salt marsh and flats. It features an observation deck for viewing wildlife. Hunting is permitted. Activities at the 1,138 Guadalupe River Unit include biking on a two mile public section of River Road if the conditions are favorable, and hunting. The 818 acre San Antonio Unit is closed at all times.
 
Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area Directions & Map:
Mission Lake Unit: From Victoria, take SH 185 22 miles to SH 35. Go south on SH 35 and drive one mile to the area office on the left.
 
Guadalupe Unit: From Victoria, take SH 185 22 miles to SH 35. Go south on SH 35 and drive five miles south. Go left on River Road for approximately 1.5 miles.
 
Hanes Bay Unit: From Victoria, take SH 185 22 miles to SH 35. Go south on SH 35 and drive eight miles. Go left on Barber. The entrance is directly ahead at the curve.