Matagorda Bay Nature Park, TX

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Matagorda Bay Nature Park is a 1,600-acre park and preserve at the mouth of the Colorado River on the Matagorda Peninsula. The park has about two miles of Gulf of Mexico beach front and two miles of river frontage and hundreds of acres of coastal marshes and dunes. It is one of the best birding...

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Matagorda Bay Nature Park is a 1,600-acre park and preserve at the mouth of the Colorado River on the Matagorda Peninsula. The park has about two miles of Gulf of Mexico beach front and two miles of river frontage and hundreds of acres of coastal marshes and dunes. It is one of the best birding areas in the nation. LCRA acquired the property in 2001 as part of its commitment to preserve natural resources for future generations and to provide science education, recreation and nature tourism opportunities.

The RV park has an office for on-site assistance, rest rooms with showers, and washers and dryers for the park guests. The natural science center consists of two joined sections, Redfish Hall and an area used primarily for natural science education programs and teacher workshops. Public access to the Colorado River is available by shoreline and three fishing piers. LCRA maintains Jetty Park, a day-use facility providing direct access to the beach and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built and maintains the Jetty Park pier.

All park visitors must check in at the park office when arriving at the park. If arriving after 4:00 p.m., please contact the park office at 979-863-7120 prior to arriving.

Recreation:

Camping, fishing, canoe & kayaking, birding, beachcombing

Facilities:

Facility Rental Options:

  • Standard Full Hook Up: All of the sites below have a picnic table, water, electric (30/50) and sewer hookups.
  • General Camping Sites (22): These sites back up to FM 2031.
  • Pull-Through Sites (5): Located on the interior roads of the park, these pull-through sites have an obstructed view of the river.
  • Preferred Sites (24): Located on the interior roads of the park, these sites have an obstructed view of the river.

  • Group Hall (1): Redfish Hall is suitable for weddings, family reunions, holiday parties or company and church picnics. The facility is popular for events requiring overnight accommodations when rented in conjunction with a camping site. The hall can seat up to 100 people. The hall has air-conditioning and heat, a refrigerator, icemaker, tables and chairs. Only service animals are allowed in the hall. Redfish Hall is available for rental from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. only and is located within the Natural Science Center.

    Facility has fishing docks, laundry facilities, showers & restrooms, and a nature center.

  • Nearby Attractions:

    Beach (adjacent to park)
    Fishing Pier (adjacent to park)

    Services & Amenities:

    Within Facility
    • Beach Access, Coastal
    • Beachcombing
    • Bird Watching
    • Fish Cleaning Station
    • Fishing River
    • Fishing, Saltwater
    • Kayaking
    • Laundry
    • Nature Center
    • Pier, Fishing
    • Programs, Nature
    • Rentals, Kayaks
    • Restrooms
    • Showers
    Alerts and Important Information
    • Entrance fees are charged in addition to your site fees and are collected upon arrival at the park. The entrance fees are $5 for adults (13 years and older) per person per day, children 12 years or younger are free,Texas senior residents (65 years and older) are $2 per person per day, military who are permanent disabled are $2 per person per day, disabled individuals are $2 per person per day. For detailed list of fees click here .

    • All park visitors must check in at the park office when arriving at the park. If arriving after 4:00 p.m., please contact the park office at 979-863-7120 prior to arriving. When arriving after regular business hours check in the RV-Park Host on duty.

    • Check-in for all sites is 3:00 p.m. and check out is noon.

    • Smoking is strictly prohibited in any building.

    • Pets are welcome in the park but must remain on leash or contained in a fenced structure.

    • Quiet hours are between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. No excessive noise, running generators, or amplified music is permitted during quiet hours.

    • No glass containers are permitted.

    • Restrooms are available within the park. Laundry is available for additional cost.

    • Group Events are permitted at the park. Prior written permission shall be obtained from LCRA for any organized group activity on LCRA land involving 20 or more individuals. For additional information please contact the park office at 979-863-7120.

    • For up to date status of burn bans at LCRA parks, click here

    • For a complete list of LCRA land and water regulations, click here

    • Bringing a boat, learn how you can help prevent spreading Zebra Mussels, click here.

    • Looking towards finding an RV site in the area for 3 months or possibly more? Find out more about LCRA’s Park Host Program, click here.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Matagorda Bay Nature Park
    6420 FM 2031
    Matagorda  TX  77457

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (979)863-7120