Everything You Need to Know about Matagorda Beach

Matagorda Beach is Open!!!

Matagorda, Texas has approximately 58 miles of beach. 23 miles of the beach east of the Colorado River is open to vehicles. The remaining 35 miles of beach is west of the Colorado River and only accessible by boat, kayak, canoe or other watercraft.  On the East side there are trash cans on the beach for the first 3 miles. The first 8 miles of beach beyond the dunes is private property. After 8 miles, it is state property behind the dunes and there are lots of trails you can explore. Watch out for rattlesnakes if you are walking in the dunes and grasses. Driving in the dunes and damaging the native grasses is illegal so stay on the established trails or the beach. Check out the Emergency Info page before you go.

Directions

There are two entrances to Matagorda beach. To get to the main beach entrance from Matagorda, go south on FM2031 for approximately 7 miles. Turn left onto the public beach access road (there is a sign). Drive until the road ends at the beach. You can drive onto the beach or park in the parking lot at the entrance. To get to Jetty Park, continue straight on FM2031 past the beach access road. FM2031 dead ends into Jetty Park next to the Matagorda Nature Park. There is a beach entrance on the west side of the parking lot. To access the beach east of Jetty Park you can drive under the Pier when the tide is low enough. Watch your clearance when you go through.

Camping on Matagorda Beach

Camping on the beach is welcomed in Matagorda and there are no additional fees to camp. You can camp anywhere on the beaches in Matagorda county including Jetty park for up to 72 hours. Tents and RVs are permitted but beware of the soft sand if you are bringing an RV. See below for information on parking areas if you do not or can not drive onto the sand.

Driving on Matagorda Beach

You will need an annual $10 Matagorda County Beach Vehicle Permit in order to drive onto Matagorda Beach. You can buy one at most local merchants or at the beach entrance during the summer. The sand on Matagorda Beach can be very soft so drive with caution. If you do not have a 4×4 vehicle you are cautioned against driving onto the beach at all most of the time although the county does grade the beach entrance during the summer. Yield to traffic headed off the beach and anyone with their hazards on – they could have an emergency. The beach is a state highway and all normal driving regulations apply. The speed limit on the beach is 15mph. Do not drive in the dunes. It is illegal and damages our island causing beach erosion. You are permitted to follow an established trail through the dunes and into the marsh area, but stay on the trail and do not damage the native grasses. Beware of the Matagorda mud back there. It can be deeper and thicker than it looks and could take a tank to get you out. Check out our page on beach driving tips before you go. See the Emergency Info page for towing info if you get stuck on the beach. It is expensive to get a 4×4 tow truck to Matagorda Beach. Make sure to check out the beach rules & regulations before you go.

Swimming

Matagorda beach is a great place to go swimming, but you should check the conditions when you get there. Swimming near the jetties, piers and passes is dangerous due to the currents in that area. Mitchell’s Cut and the mouth of the Colorado River often have very swift currents. Most drownings on the beach occur in these areas and are preventable. When the waves are large on the beach, the riptides will get stronger. Stay in shallow water when riptide warnings are in effect and swim sideways to escape a rip current if you get caught in one. It is always best to have someone on the beach to call for help if you do get in trouble. If you have any doubts or questions about the conditions, ask a local. The people in Matagorda are very friendly and will happily give you advice.

Parking Areas

Jetty Park Arial PhotoIf you don’t want to drive onto the beach there are a couple of parking areas within walking distance. The first and best area is Jetty Park at the end of FM 2031. This is a County Park and there is no usage fee. There are bathrooms, outdoor showers, and covered picnic tables as well as a walking pier and the Colorado River Jetties. Beware of rip currents near the jetties and pier. Swimming is prohibited in these places. The second location is next to the bathrooms off Dunes Drive at the main beach entrance. Make sure not to park on the road or you may be towed or ticketed.Matagorda Beach Bathroom Parking Area

You can find information on Hotels, Motels, RV Parks, Vacation Rentals, Restaurants & Shopping at the Matagorda Chamber of Commerce website.

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It’s always fun todo a little beach combing for sea glass.#tropicalmaniac #matagordabeach #Matagorda #texas

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Beautiful 💕❤️

These are some of our Matagorda finds

Love that Beach 🏖

I love Matagorda! Haven’t found any sea glass there yet, maybe one day.

Wish I had ride I would be there every day. I do walk on Sunday's. On good Sunday's just not many of them

Jeff coney!

I always look for beach glass....have found a little...found quite a bit in Sargent and some on the Colorado as well

Yes it is.

My little collection from our first time visiting!

Nice find! 💕

These were my Matagorda beach treasures from Saturday.

Love to collect sea shells

My fav!!!

Lucky!

Found this yesterday

This is all from Matagorda over the years.

SHHHHH. Don’t tell everybody. Keep it out little secret

Some of my glass and coral over the years.

Love Matagorda glass! Got me a truckload! 😂

Debbie Crawford

Look at you go!!!!!! Jackpot with out the metal detector!

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Happy New Years Eve! Our friends over at the Tropical Maniacs of Matagorda Foundation are working to make sure our beach is cleaner next year.

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That’s awesome! It’s so great that you value this amazing, hidden treasure! I LOVE this beach ♥️

Great!!!

Thank you!!!

Yay! Thank you for making my beach a whole lot better!

Awesome!

This is a wonderful gift. I do wish people would just take care of their own debris while visiting the ⛱ beach..

Awesome...thank you. You are appreciated...

That’s fantastic. Great for Gorda

Well done! Most excellent! Thanks for all you do!

I couldn’t agree more our visitors need to clean up their area before they pack up and leave. Y’all have a safe and prosperous New Year

AWESOME! Thank you Cinco Davant & Friends!!

Very nice, now if everyone just picks up their own trash, this will last longer

Well done!

I'd take that full time job

This is awesome. Thanks fellow Maniacs for yalls donations!! Where and who will be responsible for this equipment? Hope not the county.

Thank you so much for all you do👏Is there anyway this machine can filter out the tumbled sea glass to save for me?😁🐟🐬😆

Charlie Shaw . Looks like the same one they where using in Mexico

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Bonfire on the beach....tonight. Stop by if you see the fire...

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Are you on my beach bro my dad and uncle built tjepiet and the jetties on that beach.

My favorite beach in Texas

On my way

Hell yeah! 🔥🤙

It looks beautiful

Beautiful

That can’t be our beach

Is that a photo from today? Water looks gorgeous!

Wish I wasn't 6 hrs away😥

Frank Morales

Shelley Waters

We were just there!

Rorey Walters Emily Anderson Walters Holly Schoenfeldt We gotta get our travel trailers down there

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