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San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
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1212 North Velasco
Angelton, Texas   77515
Gaze across the rippling marshes and ponds of San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge and it?s easy to imagine Texas as it was before settlement. Clouds of snow geese in winter or a warbler ?fallout? in spring further convince any visitor that they have stepped back into earliest Texas. Less than half of the refuge is open to the public, leaving a vast landscape as wildlife sanctuary. Yet, a drive on the 3-mile auto tour or a hike on one of the three hiking trails can take up a full day?s worth of wildlife watching.
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San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge is located near Bay City, Brazoria and Clute

The Cocklebur Slough tour road and Moccasin Pond auto tour loop provide six miles of gravel roads. The Cocklebur Slough Road provides opportunities to see wading birds, raptors and passerines as well as resident wildlife in a light forest and grassland habitat. Moccasin Pond auto tour loop is at the edge where the salty prairie meets the high marsh. From the loop road a variety of fresh water, marsh and grassland habitats support an array of migratory and resident wildlife

Bobcat Woods Trail provides a handicapped-accessible boardwalk and trail through a forest along Cocklebur Slough. The boardwalk leads to an access to overlook the reservoir and moist-soil units of the Wolfweed Wetland Project. Less than a mile in length, Scissor-tail Trail provides an opportunity to stroll though a brush habitat that attracts numerous passerines. Cowtrap Trail, located off the Moccasin Pond auto tour loop provides an opportunity to hike from the high marsh through intermediate and to low marsh habitat along a 1.5 mile long man-made levee.

Bicyclists are welcome on all refuge roads that are open to public vehicles.

A boat ramp located on Cedar Lake Creek, at the end of Cocklebur Slough Tour Road provides boat access to the Cedar Lakes area. Canoes, kayaks, and small motorboats are able to launch from the ramp.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 17 Middle of nowhere by Elle
park review stars; one to five San Bernard is a favorite for birding and butterfly watching because it is off the beaten path, has no amenities, and is a great reminder of how absolutely wonderful the coast is. Go in summer and donate your blood to the mosquitos and deer flies!
December 11 Coastal Marsh Bliss by WildlifeMama
park review stars; one to five If you love coastal wetlands habitat you will love San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge! Anglers can fish and crab on the lakes and creek, and there are areas for waterfowl hunting. Kayaks, small motorboats and canoes can be launched from the boat ramp. Driving on the roadway can be exciting too! I stopped and saw alligators just a few feet away from my car! One gator moved closer to me, presumably for having me for lunch. The movement was not noticeable. So be careful if you go, watch out for the gators! At a different time of year, I saw a heard of wild hogs running. Always you will see different things if you have the opportunity to visit multiple times.
May 17 limited fun by Fred Smith
park review stars; one to five Better in Feb.,Mar., before migratory birds all leave. The rest of the year is just for exercise. No facilities. Bring anything you might need.
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From Lake Jackson: Take FM 2004 southwest for seven miles. Take FM 2611 south 4 miles to FM 2918. Drive one mile south on FM 2918 to CR 306, then west on CR 306.

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