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.


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.


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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Thank you very much for your report! That helps out our planning

Chris Madsen

Is the water still up to the dunes today?

Cant play the video. How will the beach be tomorrow?

Great! U always give a great and true report. No fake news😂 appreciate what u do😍

Just went down to look and the water is all the way up to the beach entrance tonight. Hopefully nobody is stuck down there.

Is this today?

Wish I could be there

Thanks I enjoy your reports

Great report...have fun....just learned our pool man is heading your way...wish we were.

Beautiful view of my favorite place in the world!

Thank you so much for your report. We love camping out at the beach - glad you answered that. 😃

Great to hear from y’all about the update

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The beach entrance has become very soft. 4x4 is necessary today.

Wonder if the flies are still biting??? Lol...they were worse than mosquitos last weekend!!

Angela Lynn Woodring-Rincon

Camping ok? Thank you for the update. 💗

Joan Broersma Reinders check this out

Irene Valdivia👀

Is the high tide going to the dunes or is there a lot of beach for camping overnight ?

Y’all gonna over advertise that place and wind up with 4000 short term rental houses, and wind up with year round crowds/over crowding and regret it, just like Port Aransas did, never and off season here now and it sucks.

Abel Cruz bull reds running

Amanda Puentes Solis Adrianna Puentes Hinojosa. Y’all ready? 🎣🎣🎣

Melissa Kayy Sarah Bannon Y’all going tomorrow?

Ya se fueron los mosquitos ?

Thanks! Never been there. Hoping to get there soon to camp and fish and eat fresh seafood. This is a great resource for planning.


Are the mosquitoes 🦟 still really bad? Haven’t been able to find a repellent that works yet 😂

Darn I wish l looked on FB to see if there was a post update on the beach. Love this time of the year.

Thanks !!

Great broadcast Clay

Thank you for the report!!! Love Matagorda 🥰

Need to throw a hook n the water. NOW!

Manuel Munoz

Robert Bustamante

Julie Roark Berry Gardnerlook at the beach

DeAnne Minyard Callan

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This made me so scared at first!!! We just bought a house on Beach Front Dr! I actually lol'd when you stood up!

thanks for the report. i feel much better. I have cabin on beach rd

CLAY!! You almost gave me the BIG ONE!!! 🤪😎

Chasin tails my friend

No problem. Grab your boat & go visit your neighbors. Hopefully they have beer.

Thanks Clay and God Bless

Good one lol 😂

😆great report!

I almost had a heart attack Clay!! Good one😉

Great Job. You're not one of those imitation Texans.

Im waiting for a shark fin to swim by

Stay safe!! Thank you for the good scare. Can’t wait to share with Marek!

Matagorda got lucky and so did a lot of our small towns

Good to hear! Keep us posted on the beach

Want come beach combing tomorrow , everything back to normal? Normal as we know it.

Omg, Lol! My husband was keeping watch on the roads that way and you had me thinking wow...that’s really flooded.

Thanks kiddos!! You’re too funny!!

Good report there Clay you be the man about town

Omg, gave me a heart attack! Glad everyone is safe. Matagorda is our home away from Houston. Johnathan Dortlon

This is a terrible idea

Thank you for an interesting update

I hope y'all are all OK and not floored out.

Thank you for the update Clay and Matagorda weather team!!!

Has anyone been over to Pelican point Rv park to check on water levels there

That was great! 🤣🧜‍♀️🎏

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