San Luis Pass


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Description: At the far west end of GI one can walk the Gulf side beach and then the Bay side tidal edge. The Gulf side is sand flats and dunes, and the Bay side is tidal flats, cane grass and scrubby sandy upland.

Directions: This area consists of large tidal flats that cover many acres of open sand bars, grass-covered wetlands, and several miles of beaches. The grass-covered wetlands are summer nesting areas for many skimmers. To reach this area, turn left off FM 3005 on the road right before you cross the east side of the San Luis Pass bridge. In case it is impossible to access the beach due to high water, enter the beach just south of the water tower and ride on the beach two miles to the Pass. Most beaches are closed to vehicles, but San Luis Pass is the exception, so this makes birding even all the more enjoyable. Check the many miles of open pasture land for feeding shorebirds and waders on west FM 3005.

Habitat Types: Beach and bay edge habitats, dunes, sand flats, marshes, and cane grass.

Typical Bird Types: Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, Avocets, Herons, Egrets, Wintering Raptors, Sparrows, Grebes, Mergansers, Loons, and While Pelicans.

Birding View Locations: Close to the water's edge, birds are often on reefs offshore, best with spotting scope.

Parking: Stay off of the soft sand.

A detailed description of top birding areas, a map and seasonal checklist of species sighted are included in the Great Birding In and Around Galveston Island brochure, available here for download.