Cattail Marsh Wetlands

Beaumont's location on the Central and Mississippi flyways makes Cattail Marsh a haven for birds traveling across the ocean during migration. Nestled inside Tyrrell Park, the rich vegetation of the area makes the perfect place for birds and various wildlife to make it their home. 

Located 2.5 miles off of Interstate 10, Cattail Marsh transports you in a whole other world. The marshlands were originally constructed in 1993 by the Beaumont Public Utilities Department as the final phase of Beaumont's wastewater treatment system, this natural and innovative process has attracted the interest of environmentalists and wildlife professionals from across the state because of its impact on the areas' wildlife.

The Beaumont CVB recognized the importance of this hotbed of birds and wanted to make sure the public got a chance to experience is as well. The 900-acres of scenic wetlands along with a boardwalk that features two covered platforms, showcasing incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife and development of the Wetlands Education Center, have made Cattail Marsh and amazing attraction to the area. Whether and avid birder or general lover of the outdoors, Cattail Marsh provides it all.   

Cattail Marsh is a wildlife refuge for a variety of aquatic mammals and more than 250 species of birds annually, including: pelicans, egrets, roseate spoonbills, ducks, ibis, doves and red-winged blackbirds. More than eight miles of gravel levee roads are found within the Marsh and allow for a variety of recreational activities, including jogging, biking and horseback riding that make it a perfect place for the family and friends to explore.

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