Unintentionally Hidden In Plain Sight: Red Head Pond Wildlife Management Area
by Matt Briscoe
The Southside Light
Flour Bluff—Situated along the side of Laguna Shores Drive is the typical brown and yellow signage used by Texas Parks and Wildlife that native Texans and visitors have come to know as a beacon of something special. Here, it is no different. The wooden signage marks the entrance to the Red Head Pond Wildlife Management area that has been owned by Texas Parks and Wildlife since the 1990s.
In passing along the worn out stretch of road you might not even notice it, but to people like Daniel Walker with Texas Parks and Wildlife and a “Friends” group in Flour Bluff, the 36 acre plot of land is very well known.
Biologically speaking, Red Head Pond was an ideal source of freshwater that ducks and other birds that fish the Laguna daily used. But over time, the freshwater began to dwindle and invasive plant species like the ever common Brazilian Pepper Tree began to take over.
Walker says that together with the friends group, there have been improvements made to the little thought about Wildlife Management area. Together, they have been working to clean the area up, create ways to keep the ever vital fresh water handy and create a safe, clean and natural are for both the wildlife that depends on the pond and the people that value and appreciate its beauty and importance.
Walker explains how the pond, though not natural, was originally designed as a fill pond in the 1940s for a local military installation. But with ecological changes and human development came less storm water drainage into the pond and less fresh water for the ducks and birds to drink. Walker has been working with the local group to see if there is even a way to logically keep the pond full.
As for now, the public can go out and enjoy the little gem along the Laguna by parking along the roadway in a wide spot just beyond the main gate. Walker points out that visitors can walk out and enjoy the boardwalk and try and catch a glimpse of the birds and wildlife that still stop in for a drink and a rest.
To learn more about the Red Head Pond WMA, you can visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=42