BIRDING THE 

CLEAR LAKE LOOP

Clear Lake Loop Birding Trail

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Clear Lake Loop

Birding Sites on Clear Lake Loop

1

LITTLE CEDAR BAYOU PARK

(UTC 080B)

Stroll along the nature trail at Little Cedar Bayou to two birdwatching platforms, where you can search for wading birds and waterbirds.

Latitude | 29.64476

Longitude | -95.01885

3

ROBINSON PARK

 (UTC 080)

Twenty acres of sprawling oaks intersected with woodland trails connect this park with Pine Gully Park, Hester Garden Park, and the Seabrook Wildlife Refuge. Plenty of edge habitat and coastal proximity.

Latitude |  29.58456

Longitude | -95.00456

5

HESTER GARDEN PARK

(UTC 078)

A trail and butterfly garden make this former nursery a scenic and serene oasis for birdwatching. Evergreen trees and shrubs attract lingering insectivores for late fall and winter birding.

Latitude | 29.57289

Longitude |  -95.01058

7

BAY AREA PARK

(UTC 082)

Situated along Armand Bayou, this park offers unobstructed views of the water, and is an ideal location for Osprey sightings during migration and in winter.

Latitude: 29.59734

Longitude: -95.08801

9

NASSAU BAY PARK

(UTC 083)

Multiple spots throughout the park and on toward the adjacent Wildlife Park peninsula provide habitats for a variety of waterfowl, seabirds, wading birds, and more. Space Center Houston is just minutes away.

Latitude: 29.53594

Longitude: -95.08644

2

PINE GULLY PARK

(UTC 079)

Sweeping views of Galveston Bay and a long pier are paired with wooded trails that offer habitats for seabirds, wading birds, migrant landbirds and resident rails.

Latitude | 29.59133

Longitude | -94.99994

4

SEABROOK WILDLIFE REFUGE & PARK

(UTC 080A)

A 40-acre undeveloped wildlife refuge with a perimeter trail, this park offers sightings of egrets, herons, woodland birds, and other wildlife like alligators, deer, and turtles.

Latitude | 29.64476

Longitude | -95.01885

6

ARMAND BAYOU NATURE CENTER

 (UTC 081)

Recognized as one of the nation’s top birding destinations, this 2,500-acre urban wilderness preserve is one of the largest in the U.S. Explore wetlands, forests, prairies, and marsh habitats that are home to hundreds of animal species.

Latitude | 29.59958

Longitude | -95.07492

8

McHALE PARK

(UTC 077)

Excellent views of Galveston Bay’s western shores make it an ideal spot to view American White Pelicans, Brown Pelicans, herons, and egrets.

Latitude: 29.55273

Longitude: -95.02219

10

DR. NED & FAY DUDNEY CLEAR CREEK NATURE CENTER

(UTC 083A)

Don’t miss this 148-acre site where you may spot Sandhill Cranes, herons, ibises, egrets, and even the endangered Whooping Crane from time to time. Paved trails and several bird blinds provide an ideal birdwatching environment.

Latitude: 29.52895

Longitude: -95.09014

11

WALTER HALL PARK

 (UTC 085)

This creek-side park has several athletics fields, along with kayak/canoe launches. Birdwatch from the shore or hop in a kayak and paddle down Clear Creek for access to areas you can’t reach from land.

Latitude: 29.51319

Longitude: -95.10036

13

PAUL HOPKINS PARK

(UTC 086)

Scenic, with an abundance of trees, nature trails take you along the bayou where you can search for migrant landbirds in the spring, along with eastern woodland birds—including the Red-shouldered Hawk—that nest in this area.

Latitude: 29.45528

Longitude: -95.06719

15

JOHN HARGROVE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLEX

(UTC 087A)

Enjoy year-round birding at this environmental complex, situated on a 108-acre retention pond. Birds nest in the area, and you’re likely to find wading birds, songbirds, pelicans, and at times even bald eagles.

Latitude: 29.54588

Longitude: -95.31159

12

CHALLENGER 7 MEMORIAL PARK

(UTC 085)

Meandering trails take you through wooded areas and hug the shores of Clear Creek where you’ll have opportunities to view eastern woodland birds and White-tailed Hawks, among many others.

Latitude: 29.51342

Longitude: -95.14287

14

MUSTANG BAYOU TRAIL

 (UTC 087)

Find the trailhead, located at an historic railroad depot, and explore this woodland area, rich with a variety of bird species.

Latitude: 29.42475

Longitude: -95.24389

16

SHADOW CREEK RANCH NATURE PARK

(UTC 087B)

This beautiful park, situated along the western portion of Clear Creek, includes nearly 30 acres of land to explore, with paved hike and bike trails that include interpretive signage. Raptors, herons, egrets, spoonbills, and songbirds can all be found here.

Latitude: 29.58086

Longitude: -95.41732

Learn more about the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, the Upper Texas Coast Loops, and the Clear Lake Loop by visiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

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