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Bluewater Loop

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Bluewater Loop mapSan Luis Pass County ParkChristmas BayBluewater HighwaySurfside Jetty Park

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More information:

  • Southern Brazoria County Visitors and Convention Bureau
    (800) WET-GULF and (409) 265-2508

103.gif UTC 103 San Luis Pass County Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open daily. Developed camping available. Fee charged.

From Galveston, cross San Luis Pass on the toll bridge and continue southwest on the Bluewater Highway (Brazoria CR 257). Immediately after crossing the bridge, exit west for San Luis Pass County Park. This county park offers another view of San Luis Pass, and the sand flats here are often littered with small flocks of gulls and terns. Northern Gannets often venture into the swift waters of San Luis Pass to fish. Scope the nearshore waters in summer and fall for Magnificent Frigatebirds.

104.gif UTC 104 Christmas Bay

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Continue southwest on the Bluewater Highway to Christmas Bay and the Christmas Bay Scenic View (3.2 miles from San Luis Pass). Rafts of Redheads often crowd this bay in winter, and Wilson’s Plovers and Horned Larks nest in the dunes along the shore. It is possible to drive the beach the entire distance between here and Surfside (although a beach pass is required in Surfside), and gulls, terns, and shorebirds congregate in this area (Red Knots are often seen along this beach in migration). The nearshore waters are often jammed with Brown Pelicans diving amongst the schools of menhaden, and rafts of seaducks may drift close enough to the shore to allow a close inspection.

105.gif UTC 105 Bluewater Highway

Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons

Site open for day use only.

Continue southwest on Bluewater Highway to TX 332 in Surfside. The bay may be accessed by driving to the Swan Lake Boat Ramp or the Lazy Palms Boat Ramp. In summer, Willets light on the power lines along this stretch of the Bluewater Highway to blurt their “Pee-Willet” calls. Falcons (Peregrine, Merlin, and American Kestrel) are commonly seen along the beach in migration and winter. Look for Yellow-headed Blackbird among the blackbird flocks along this road during migration. Bobolinks have also been seen in late spring in fields of spiderwort.

106.gif UTC 106 Surfside Jetty Park

Suggested Seasons to visit: Winter

Site open for day use only.

From the intersection of the Bluewater Highway and TX 332 in Surfside, continue southwest across TX 332 on Fort Velasco Drive to Parkview Road. Go south on Parkview Road to Surfside Jetty Park. The jetty has been recently expanded, and the walk to the end can now be accomplished with secure footing. Northern Gannets may be seen in winter from the jetty, and scoters and mergansers may drift into these relatively calm waters to feed (the scoters are rare). Inspect the flocks of gulls that feed behind the shrimp boats for jaegers.

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