The five units comprising the Big Bend Wildlife
Management Area - Hickory Mound, Spring Creek, Tide Swamp, Jena,
and Snipe Island - filled a void in a 200-mile stretch of the Gulf
coast already protected in public ownership. Hunting and fishing
are traditional activities and continue to constitute the major
public recreation uses on all of these lands.
Each of the units has a slightly different
character and each offers its own special combination of
recreational opportunities. On Jena, you can drive, bike, or
horseback ride on named or numbered roads, while viewing sandhills,
exposed limestone, salt marshes and the Gulf.
"For nineteen years my vision was bounded by forests,
but today, emerging from a multitude of tropical plants,
I beheld the Gulf of Mexico, stretching away unbounded,
except by the sky."
-John Muir, 1867
At Hagen's Cove on Tide Swamp, you can scallop, gig
for flounder at night, picnic, and barbeque. On Spring Creek and at
Tide Swamp you'll find the only remaining coastal scrub on Big
Bend, and at the Hickory Mound Impoundment, you can crab, hunt
waterfowl in season, and observe a diverse abundance of birds
year-round. The 105-mile Big Bend Saltwater Paddling
Trail offers outstanding opportunities for paddlers to explore
the Big Bend gulf coast.
View the Recreation Master Plan
for Big Bend Wildlife Management
View the Conceptual
for Big Bend Wildlife Management Area.