We have the marsh like brackish water estuaries with semi-closed and closed camp sites along the outflows of The Guadalupe River. The dense growth in these areas classifies the camp sites as "semi closed and closed". Parts of the river are characterized by big Cypress Trees where they are insulated from salt water inflows; slick palm; switch cane; and lily pads. Here is where both fresh and saltwater aquatic species mesh. Carp, Buffalo, Grass & Alligator Gar, American Alligator, Blue Catfish, Black Drum and the likes coexist at times depending on conditions. This is a birders paradise with various species of migratory birds wintering on the coast including Dowitchers, Oyster Catchers, Skimmers, over 14 species of ducks; and several species of Osprey. During most Summer months you'll find a variety of Ibis, Cormorant, Heron, Egrets, Stilts, Curlew, Roseate Spoonbill, and more.
Then we have the Saltmarsh environs characterized by more open camp sites, mangroves, dunes, and saltwater bays and back lakes with a maze of bayous and tributaries of Matagorda Island. There are numerous shells reefs and sand bars, sand pockets and mud/grass and shell grass bottoms thick with fish and crabs. Many of the back lake environs have shown tremendous growth in a type of mangrove which can shelter some areas from harsh winds and weather. Wolf bush and other coastal scrub including mesquite and the likes form "motts" which attract wildlife and offer shade near fresh water ponds on Matagorda Island. Coastal breezes abound in these locations and the open camp sites offer some of the most breath taking sunsets found anywhere. Blue Crab and fiddler crabs adorn the shorelines with predatory fish species working near the shorelines on flood tides and farther off the shorelines on lower water. Wild hog, deer, and packs of Coyotes, raccoons and the likes patrol the island foraging for food. Have you ever seen a coyote fishing? Well they do, up to their hackles in the shallow lakes travelling in small groups looking for unsuspecting fish and bait species. American Alligators are typically a fresh water oriented reptile but they will leave the freshwater ponds on the island and enter saltwater environs in search of fish to eat. There will be times when we encounter them on our tours and we have a mutual respect for them always.