Nature

Aransas Pass Wetlands
CTC 056

This site is open for day use only.

Continue on FM 1069 to the intersection with FM 2725, turn left (north) on FM 2725, and travel to the intersection with TX 361. Turn right on TX 361, and continue north to the intersection where TX 361 will swing to the right (east). Turn right and continue toward Port Aransas. Before crossing the bridge, turn left at the sign into Conn Brown Harbor (left on the dirt road, right on the paved road that proceeds into the harbor). Conn Brown Harbor is best birded in winter; search the waters here for loons, grebes, diving ducks, and pelicans. Return to TX 361, and continue east toward Port Aransas.

The stretch of TX 361 between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas is bordered by Redfish Bay and associated wetlands, tidal flats, and sand spits. Stop periodically along this road (the Dale Miller Causeway) and look for waterfowl, shorebirds, loons, grebes, American Oystercatcher, Snowy Plover, and a wide variety of waterbirds. Sooty Tern has been seen feeding over these waters on occasion in summer. The causeway east of the bridge can be decent birding for beach and bay birds.

Latitude: 27.8977

Longitude: -97.1390


Aransas Pass Community Park
CTC 054

This site is open for day use only.

Continue south on TX 361 a short distance from Ransom Park to Johnson Avenue, and turn left into the Aransas Pass Community Park (look for the ballparks).

This community park offers a view of Redfish Bay from the observation platform. A boardwalk into the adjoining grassy fields and wetlands is being planned, so keep an eye on this site over the next few years. Restrooms and picnic facilities are available within the park.

Latitude: 27.8866

Longitude: -97.1566


Newbury Park Hummingbird Garden
CTC 052

This site is open for day use only.

When leaving the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary, continue west on E. First to where it dead-ends at TX 35. Turn left (south) on TX 35, and travel to Aransas Pass. Entering on TX 35, continue into Aransas Pass to the intersection of TX 35 and Loop 90 and then veer right on Business 35 to Lamont (when approaching this intersection on Business 35, you may turn left on Lamont and continue straight into Newbury Park).

Within this small community park of coastal live oaks, the City of Aransas Pass is a hummingbird garden. Since tens of thousands of hummingbirds pass through Aransas Pass in migration, the hummingbird garden offers a relaxing and intimate place for watching and enjoying the smallest of our migratory birds. Also inspect the oaks in the park for migrant landbirds, particularly during spring cold fronts.

Latitude: 27.9090

Longitude: -97.1499


Ransom Road Navigation District Park
CTC 053

This site is open for day use only.

From Newberry Park, continue on Harrison Boulevard south to TX 361 toward Ingleside (don't take TX 361 east to Port Aransas yet) and turn left on Ransom Road (look for the sign to the municipal airport). Travel to the end of Ransom Road, and turn left into Ransom Road Navigation District Park.

The channel may be viewed from the observation platform, so look for loons, grebes, pelicans, and diving ducks. Search the wetlands here for rails and shorebirds. Restrooms and picnic facilities are available in the park.

Latitude: 27.8881

Longitude: -97.1477


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