Arroyo City is nestled in Deep South Texas, located 10 miles northeast of Rio Hondo. This area is perfect for a peaceful getaway, highlighted by the Arroyo Colorado river that runs through it. This ancient distributor that cuts through three counties in Texas has been used by local fishermen and commercial vessels for a very long time. It’s a freshwater input to the lower Laguna Madre ecosystem and is crucial in maintaining its sustainability. This waterway is a sanctuary for the inshore fish that attract anglers to test the waters.
Tourists like to pick Arroyo City for all kinds of outdoor activities. Twitchers come here to enjoy the seasonal migration of rare bird species. Several hiking places are open to both advanced and beginner trekkers. People also visit Arroyo's beautiful beaches, and some even try surfing here because of the gentle waves that are great for those who are just learning the water sport.
The city is often overlooked as an angling spot and is more known as a home base for exploring lower Laguna Madre and South Padre Island nearby. However, Arroyo Colorado is also a hot spot for fishing in its own right, and its flowing stream of water is perfect for wade fishing, drift fishing, fly fishing, and bait casting. Arroyo’s inshore game is so popular that most tourist rentals offer their own private dock for fishing.
Arroyo Colorado is home to the Texas Big three: speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. Drift fishing on the river with our seasoned charter captains is a great way to spot them, and they will show you where they are biting. Snook and juvenile tarpon also visit the brackish waters, and these game fish can be hard to find without an experienced guide. Arroyo's laid-back community has seasoned captains who have been fishing in the river since they were young and know all the best spots and times to fish on this 50-mile stretch of constantly flowing water.
The winter months here can yield flounder, crevalle jack, pompano, and snook. Near the riverbanks, you’ll find that redfish and trout are still biting as well. Speckled trout, black drum, and mangrove snapper are still swimming as spring trickles in. Before summer comes around, anglers are waiting for the tarpon to enter the brackish waters. Red snapper season starts in June, so most anglers explore reefs by the Gulf. While others are busy offshore, summer is the perfect time to focus on Arroyo City's tarpon. September will once again welcome the arrival of redfish and flounder as the waters get cooler.
Every year, the Arroyo City Fire Department hosts the annual Battle at the Arroyo Fishing Tournament. You can try your line at hooking the heaviest redfish, flounder, and trout, and if you land all three, you can win a special “Turf King” trophy and a cash prize.
The rehabilitation of turtles, led by Sea Turtles, Incorporated, is a huge effort in Arroyo. The organization invites people and helps educate them about sea turtles and how they release them back into their natural habitat. You can watch turtles play and be fed in the summer.
Rural Texas is great for birdwatching. Hiking in the nearby Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and visiting the Arroyo Colorado World Birding Center in Harlingen should be on your list of things to do.
The beaches on the Gulf of Mexico coast are only a 30-minute drive away from Arroyo. You can also go to South Padre Island via a water taxi, where you can surf, take a dolphin tour and explore other attractions. Island Adventure Park is nearby for horseback riding along the beach.