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RSVP Required: The max number of people for this event is 5 including the event leader.  An RSVP is required to manage the size.

Face Covers:  Please bring your own face mask, bandana, scarf, etc to cover your face.  Face coverings are required at all times when in the Park.

Keep Distance:  At least 6 feet between people is required at all times.

Stay home if:  You have been exposed to anyone with Covid-19, have any symptoms, are at high risk or aren't ready to be around others outside of your household.

BCO is a pretty laid back in general but during this time we will ask you to stay home if you're not willing to follow all requirements above.  This is temporary and we'll be back to normal as soon as possible.


Brazos Bend State Park

Bird Hike

  You MUST purchase your day pass online at ReserveAmerica.com BEFORE going to the park. You WILL NOT be allowed in otherwise. Finally, daily admission is limited to 200 so buy your pass EARLY

Red-shouldered Hawk - they breed and nest in the Park

This is a perfect birding hike for a newbie or a birder with years of experience. 

For the newbie, it’s just a hike with friends where you’ll see lots of birds.  You can learn about them or not, up to you.  For the experienced birder, with 5,000 acres of wilderness, you never know what might decide to pay a visit!  You don’t even need to be a birder if you just want to come out and enjoy a leisurely hike.  Of course, birds are by no means the only wildlife we will see!!  We’ll start at the Observation Platform at Elm Lake.  It’s not unusual to see 10-15 species from the platform alone.  We walk halfway around Elm Lake to the Spillway Trail then east to the Observation Tower at 40 Acre Lake. We’ll return back down the Spillway Trail then finish the other half of Elm Lake. 

The round trip is +/- 3.5 miles and takes 2 -2.5 hours.

There is a $7 entrance fee unless you have a State Park Pass.  You’ll need to be at Headquarters by 7:45 to make it to Elm Lake by 8:00.  The gate is usually open by 7:30. You will need to fill out an Early Check-In envelope and pay your entrance fee before heading to Elm Lake.  You need to fill out the envelope and get a sticker for your windshield even if you have a Pass.
How to find us:  Take the Park Road +/- 2 miles to the Nature Center.  Turn left at the Nature Center, go.25 miles to the Elm Lake Group Pavilion Parking area.  The Viewing Platform is just beyond the Pavilion.


Common Yellowthroat - a winter visitor               Vermilion Flycatcher - another winter visitor

There are several other Bird Hikes at the Park each month.  Below is a link to the list.

Brazos Bend SP Bird Hikes

Event: Brazos Bend State Park Bird Hike Event Cost: Free
Where: For Members Only Meeting Place: For Members Only
Address: For Members Only Meeting Address: For Members Only
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Location Phone: For Members Only Parking Cost: For Members Only
Start Date-Time: For Members Only Reg. Deadline: For Members Only
* End Date-Time: For Members Only PrePay Required: No
Event Leader: For Members Only
Event Summary: n/a
Payment Details: For Members Only
Directions: For Members Only
Members: 2 Max Attendance: 4
Guests: 0 Spots Available: 2
Total Attendance: 2    
Overnight: No Kid Friendly: Yes
Skill Level: n/a Dog Friendly: No

CHECKLIST - Gear Details and Rules
1/2 to 1 quart per hour required
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