Everything You Need to Know about Matagorda Beach

There have been heavy Rip Tides on Matagorda Beach. Click here to make sure you know how to get out of a RIP Tide.

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. Before heading to the beach make sure you know how to get out of a riptide. Swimming near the jetties, piers and passes is dangerous due to the rip currents and undertow 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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Completely flooded at Townhomes now

The gate area is completely flooded ...

Step out there like Jim Cantore so we can really tell

How are the houses closest to the dunes? I can’t tell if the little lakes has flooded over Into the road

Thank you for your bravery. Have house in Sterling Shores. 🙏🙏🙏 Please stay safe😍

Stay safe, my generator kicked on the only power on Old RIVERBEND Rd

Matagorda Couny native here in Louisiana praying for safety for all

Prayers going up for all involved! Stay safe!!!

Oh gosh, Mary Lou...I sure hope your place is spared!!! Prayers coming your way!

Riding the Storm Out....Waiting on the Fall Out!!! REO Speedwagon!!

The storm is moving fast, can get organized....which is good....

Thanks for this update. Where are you filming from? We own Unit 9...at least the palms are being pruned...

Hoping it does not stay around or get worst

God Speed, Matagorda Beach. Prayers from DFW.

My sister and I own condo 43 and 44. We are on the dunes. Any info on those house over there? Matagorda Beach

You’re saying stay off the roads but here you are in the storm smh

Keep safe. Thank you for the viedo.

Be safe everyone

The waves breached the dunes?!

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Matagorda Beach will start to feel the effects of this storm this afternoon as it moves toward Matagorda Bay. Beware of strong riptides today through Wednesday as well as higher than normal tides. At some point this will push tides all the way into the dunes. Dont get trapped down beach when the water comes up.

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Sending my prayers for everyone down there. Please be safe.

Larry Dean Rothrock II

Everyone stay safe 🙏🏼

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Coming down tonight. Shld get there abt midnight! Can’t wait.

Great report Clay! Thank you!

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I understand that the traffic and no rain don't help but holiday weekend ppl are going to be there and car all Park at entrance and crowded i

Are they going to clean it up for Monday don't want to waste My time to go there its been horrible we pay for it to get on it and no Maintenance on it sad Freeport is nice and Sargent beach isn't as bad 4wd is even bad to drive on matagorda Beach js . but just asking so no wasted Trip and gas I have 4wd and it was not good either

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Great report!

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