Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge, located at the end of Chinquapin Road and just north of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway protects saline and intermediate marsh habitat for wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, wading and waterbirds, as well as other species such as white-tailed deer, coyotes, bobwhite quail, and the American alligator.
Waterfowl Hunting at Big Boggy NWR - 2022-2023 Season

The Matthes Field and Pelton Lake Public Waterfowl Hunting Areas will be open for early Teal Season (Saturday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 25) as well as Youth-Only and the Regular Waterfowl Season for the South Zone (Matagorda County). For additional information regarding waterfowl hunting at Big Boggy NWR, see our page on hunting activities. The refuge specific hunting regulations can be found at this link as well.

Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. In order to allow wildlife to move about and feed undisturbed, the refuge is not open to general public use. Limited opportunities for waterfowl hunting or fishing access on Boggy Creek are available.  For those fishing and hunting visitors that are willing to go the extra mile (or 7 down Chinquapin Rd.), Big Boggy offers an opportunity to enjoy the abundant natural resources of coastal Texas.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Big Boggy marsh, located at the end of Chinquapin Road and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway protects salt marsh salt marsh
      Salt marshes are found in tidal areas near the coast, where freshwater mixes with saltwater.

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      habitat for wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, wading and waterbirds. Off-shore in East Matagorda Bay, Dressing Point Island provides nesting and roosting habitat for colonial waterbirds including reddish egrets, roseate spoonbills and brown pelicans. Although the smallest of the refuges on the Texas Mid-Coast Complex, Big Boggy provides habitat for the threatened eastern black rail and may play a future role in the recovery of the endangered whooping crane. 

      What We Do

      The National Wildlife Refuge System is a series of lands and waters owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from the purpose a refuge is established, to the recreational activities offered there, to the resource management tools we use.  

      Our Species

      Wintering waterfowl, wading birds, water birds and shorebirds are at home in the boggy marsh at Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge. Dressing Point Island, a colonial waterbird rookery, provides critical nesting habitat safe from predators, for brown pelicans, reddish egrets and roseate spoonbills. Big Boggy, like the other Texas Mid-coast Refuges support strong populations of eastern black rails as well as other secretive marsh birds.