The East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve (EEL) is located on Galveston Island. A project of the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council, the EEL is a unique and valuable area spanning almost 700 acres of diverse habitat on the barrier island's east end.
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, the East End Lagoon Nature Park and Preserve 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.
Activities enjoyed at East End Lagoon include:
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 nontidal 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. Raptors hunt in the grassy uplands, which also serve as a breeding ground and place to winter for other birds. Sandpipers and plovers pick along the sandy edges of the lagoon and ship channel, and large flocks of gulls, pelicans, terns and cormorants often cover the sandbars on the beach.
The site serves as a habitat for other animals such as a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
While the site currently serves as critical habitat for many species, much work still needs to 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.