Laguna Madre Nature Trail, South Padre Island

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The Laguna Madre is a long, shallow, hypersaline lagoon along the western coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Nueces, Kenedy, Kleberg, Willacy and Cameron Counties in Texas, United States. It is separated by the roughly 20mi long Saltillo Flats land bridge into Upper and Lower lagoons. The two are joined by the Intracoastal Waterway, which has been dredged through the lagoon. Cumulatively, Laguna Madre is approximately 130 miles (209 km) long, the length of Padre Island. The main extensions include Baffin Bay in Upper Laguna Madre, Red Fish Bay just below the Saltillo Flats, and South Bay near the Mexican border.The lagoon's ecosystem is protected by the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Padre Island National Seashore, as well as the privately owned King Ranch. The human history predates the formation of the Laguna Madre, and settlements have been established at Port Isabel and Port Mansfield on the lagoon's shores.
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  • We took a hike through the portions of the park that were open during the shut down. What we saw was interesting and the place is very nice for hikers.  more »
  • It has been four years since we last visited the Laguna Madre Nature Trail located at the Convention Center. It is obvious that not much has been done to keep the trail in good repair. We noticed that...  more »
  • Just a great experience especially at Low Tide when the Flats are exposed. You'l see dozens of different species of Water birds foraging and loafing.  more »
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