Location: Port Aransas.

From SH 361 at the ferry landing, take a right onto Cut Off Rd. Turn right when you see the sign.

Set on two acres surrounded by giant black willows and native prairie, Paradise Pond is a unique, wooded freshwater wetland on Mustang Island. This secret hot spot fills with colorful songbirds each spring and fall, and more than 100 species of Neartic-Neotropical migratory birds have been observed in this little oasis. Birds that have been seen include the Swainson’s hawk, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow-billed Cuckoo — and Golden-winged, Chesnut-sided, Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers.

Be sure to check the chalkboard at the entrance to the boardwalk. The day’s sightings are often noted.

Read a brief history of Paradise Pond (PDF).

Visit the Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond web page.