Cattail Marsh

Scenic Wetlands and Boardwalk

Cattail Marsh includes 900-acres of scenic wetlands along with a boardwalk that features two covered platforms, providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. 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.

Today, 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.

Located on two migratory flyways, over 350 bird species are spotted around Beaumont annually.

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Wondering which birds you can expect to see? Here's an updated checklist of birds found within Cattail Marsh, courtesy of eBird.

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Bird's Eye View: Cattail Marsh

From a new birding video, to the groundbreaking on the Wetlands Education Center, to the Big Sit!, the Beaumont CVB gives you a bird's eye view of  Cattail Marsh - what's happening now and what you can expect to see in the near future. "Beaumont and Cattail Marsh have been getting a lot of press this year, recently featured in the January issue of Texas Highways…Continue Reading

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Beaumont's Record-Setting Gator Has New Name

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5 Things to Do at Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands

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Discover the Big Thicket During Ranger-led Programs this Fall

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Coming Up: 3rd Annual Neches River Rally

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Big Thicket Celebrates 100 Years of the National Park Service

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Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands Boardwalk Now Open

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands boardwalk and viewing platforms. The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk stretches 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh; it is eight-feet wide to…Continue Reading

Get Up Close at Gator Country

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Beaumont Breaks Ground on Cattail Marsh Boardwalk

The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the City is breaking ground on construction of the Cattail Marsh boardwalk and viewing platforms. The new boardwalk features two covered platforms providing access to incredible views of the wetlands’ abundant wildlife. The boardwalk will stretch 520 feet across the most active habitat within Cattail Marsh, it will be…Continue Reading

This Summer Enjoy Eco-History Tours on the Neches River

This summer let the family enjoy eco-tours on the Neches River aboard the Ivory Bill. The 45 foot long, Coast Guard approved pontoon operates on the open river and navigates into the cypress-lined backwater channels of the Big Thicket National Preserve. Neches River Adventures boat tours give passengers an opportunity to view wildlife and see a part of the Big Thicket few…Continue Reading

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Just Announced: Big Thicket Summer 2016 Ranger-led Program Schedule

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Coming Up: Beaumont Maypole Festival

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Kayak the Big Thicket on the Cook’s Lake to Scatterman Paddling Trail

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Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands & Boardwalk

6088 Babe Zaharias Drive
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 842-0458
Cattail Marsh includes 900-acres of wetlands and offers a variety of recreational activities with a new boardwalk and more than eight miles of gravel...more