What do a mammoth and a mosquito have in common? Both have put Clute, Texas on the map!
If you enjoy a hint of quirky in your community, rent an apartment in Clute. This small city is an easy commute from Houston, is near the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport, and is a short distance from miles of coastline and opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing.
Located about an hour south of Houston, Clute is less than nine miles from the Gulf Coast beaches. It is flanked by wilderness areas – Brazos National Wildlife Refuge on the northeast side and Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge to the southwest.
Perhaps the city’s coastal location inspired what Trip Advisor recently named the country’s “Wackiest Summer Event,” the Great Texas Mosquito Festival. The event includes a giant mosquito mascot, a mosquito calling competition, tournaments and contests, a BBQ cook-off, and plenty of live entertainment. The festival attracts about 18,000 visitors to Clute annually and began in 1981.
When a pair of tusks were discovered in a sand pit by a backhoe operator in 2003, the sleepy, coastal city of Clute changed forever. This was the first mammoth discovered on the Texas Gulf Coast, and the discovery was an exciting one. The mammoth, determined to be around 38,000 years old, was discovered along with fossils of Ice-Age era deer, bison, turtles, and horses.
The former archaeological dig site is now a Texas Historical Landmark and home to Mammoth Lake Scuba Park, one of the most unique lakes in the country. The 55-acre lake provides a fun and fascinating place for divers who can dive around wrecked boats, an antique fire truck, an F-5 jet, a cave system, and – of course – a Colombian mammoth replica. Other activities at the park include snorkeling, fishing, camping, and swimming.