The vision for the East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve is to provide a natural experience for both residents and visitors. By utilizing both the natural beauty and man made improvements it will be possible to explore the intersection of man and nature while focusing on the ever changing environments of a barrier island.
The East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve is located on Galveston Island at the east end of Seawall Blvd along Boddecker Dr. Adjacent to Apffel Park (East Beach).
Currently, it is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike for fishing, crabbing, kayaking, hiking, birding, photography and other activities. Future plans will provide enhanced opportunities for recreation while keeping the site available for everyone.
Habitat Restoration: While the site currently serves as critical habitat for many species, much work still needs to be done. Habitats such as coastal prairie, wetland, dunes and the lagoon will be enhanced by removing invasive species and debris, and by adding native plant materials.
The East End of Galveston Island contains a precious and increasingly rare ecology. The 684 acres are one of Galveston's largest undeveloped spaces, including one of the few remaining sizable tracts of coastal prairie. The site contains both tidal and non tidal wetlands, beach dunes, a freshwater pond, black mangroves and upland prairie, along with an extensive marine coastline.
The site serves as a refuge to a wide range of animals, including a tremendous variety of birds. The wetlands and lagoon support a variety of food sources that attract many species of birds. The site serves as a habitat for other animals such as a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.