Cattail Marsh Scenic Wetlands & 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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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