Texas Marshland Tours

Forest Trail Region
3262 Bell Street Port Arthur, TX 77640 (409) 736-3023

Texas Marshland Tours provide access to J. D. Murphree Wildlife Refuge, and the Blue Elbow Swamp via boat. Both of these refuges offer great birding experiences.

The J. D. Murphree Refuge consist of 25,000 acres of coastal marsh teeming with birds. On your tour you can expect to see Common Moorhen American Coot, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Purple Gallirule, Black Crowned Night Heron, Tri Colored Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, White Ibis, and also many Raptors such as Black Shouldered Kite, Broadwing Hawk, Red Tail Hawk, American Kestrel.Also ducks will be in the refuge during this time. The resident Mottled Duck will be displaying their aerial mating chase. Also this refuge is the home of the largest population of alligators in the state of Texas. You will see numerous gators on your tour.

The Blue Elbow swamp This refuge consist of over 3300 acres of Sweetgum and Cypress tree swamp. Blue Elbow has many thickets and bottoms along with pine ridges that are feeding areas for Painted Bunting, Carolina Chickadee, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-headed Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Yellow Breasted Chat, Prairie Warbler, Pine Warbler, Tufted Titmouse, and Eastern Bluebird. Also Yellow Throated and Swainsons Warblers, as well as Wood Ducks and Barred Owls. You will be boated quietly through the swamp with trips into the woods near thickets where viewing will be best.

Texas Marshland Tours

3262 Bell Street Port Arthur, TX 77640


$25 per person

minimum 3 people; maximum 6 people


Call for tour times. Reservations strongly recommended.