The beautiful accommodations and great cuisine at Bay Flats Lodge are just a small part of a much greater equation. Situated on the shores of San Antonio Bay, surrounded by mile upon mile of unspoiled natural landscape, our lodge enjoys a truly unique location along the Texas Gulf coast.
Our central portion of the coast is blanketed by the well-known lowland marsh that’s symbolic of the Gulf coast, and is edged by shorelines and beaches rich in marine life, as well as wildlife. But there’s much more that this area of the coastal region has to offer over any other place along the Texas coast, and we’re the only fishing and hunting lodge that offers close proximity to these amazing Texas Gems.
The west side of San Antonio Bay is bordered by more than one-hundred thousand acres, completely unpopulated, that have been designated a national reserve to protect the area’s precious biodiversity and to share it in a sustainable fashion. This preservation area, along with the wetlands situated at the head of the bay to the north, also serves as a winter haven for several migratory game bird species, as well as endangered bird species like the Whooping Crane. At the south end of San Antonio Bay lies Matagorda Island, offering coastal enthusiasts hunting and fishing opportunities unmatched elsewhere along the Texas coast.
It would be hard to find a more authentic Gulf coast experience than this. Blessed with an abundance of wildlife and a healthy marine ecosystem, Bay Flats Lodge offers accommodations, equipment, guides, and all the amenities needed to facilitate hunting and fishing encounters with numerous species of waterfowl and game fish that inhabit this vast bay system. We invite you to discover how coastal hunting and fishing can be truly extraordinary.
Provides important habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife. Home to rare and endangered species like the White-faced Ibis, White-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Brown Pelican, Reddish Egret, Bald Eagle, Whooping Crane, Wood Stork, and many other neo-tropical songbirds.
The main freshwater inflow artery that helps make San Antonio Bay one of the better-producing estuaries anywhere along the coastline of Texas. This productive ecosystem is considered one of the premier areas for recreational fishing.
Aransas Wildlife Refuge
Initially established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 as the Aransas Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, this area of the Texas coast serves as a refuge and breeding ground for such migratory birds as ducks, herons, egrets, ibises, roseate spoonbills, and the endangered whooping crane.
This 38-mile stretch of land represents one of only two true islands left along the Texas coast, and offers some of the finest coastal fishing and waterfowl hunting in the entire state. A myriad of slews and bayous serve as a highway of sorts connecting a multitude of shallow, marshland lakes for several different species of saltwater fish like the ever-popular speckled trout, redfish, and flounder.