Only registered vehicles are allowed on the beach. $50-500 fine. Golf carts and UTVs must be registered before they can be driven on the beach. UTVs and golf carts are not legal to be driven down FM2031 due to the 50mph speed limit.
The beach is a state highway. All normal motor vehicle laws apply.
The official speed limit on the beach is 15mph.
Driving in the dunes or on vegetation is illegal & contributes to beach erosion.
No Glass Containers!
No swimming near the jetties or pier. There are strong currents in this area.
Camping is permitted with no additional fee. You may camp for up to 72 hours.
No Littering! Pack out all trash.
Do not park blocking the beach entrance.
Please enjoy one of the least crowded beaches on the Texas, and please leave it better than you found it.
It is really easy to put your trash in a bag and take it with you... makes you wonder what their house must look like.
I always loved Matagorda Beach we lived there in the 80s while the Nuclear plant was being built but there was many days we would pull wooden pallets or barrels and other junk out of the water and take with us to the dumpster my guess at the time was the wind blowing stuff off of the offshore rigs but I loved MB many family memories there I remember a guy who had a BIG 4x4 back then with a huge long rope and he made extra $$ pulling us people out of the loose sand before we figured out gotta keep it in the wet lol good times though
I can't stand that! My husband and I were married on that beach and have grown up on it. We make a point just to go and pick up metal and garbage on the beach. YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT
I’ve been walking this beach since 1957. We all love our beach.. I’ve started keeping trash bags in my truck... when I walk instead of picking up shells I pick up trash. I agree perhaps we need a trash fee... more dumpsters.. awareness ... anything we can do to help our beach will save our beach.
I would be more than happy to participate in several beach cleanups this year!!!! Every time we come, we pick up all the trash in our area, even stuff that is semi buried in the sand...we try to get all that we see
A lot of the trash on the beach is washed up trash. It is hard to educate or change those people from foreign countries, we can pick their stuff up in order that we may enjoy the beach as it should be. But it is really upsetting to see trash like in your picture, that was simply left by people. Why cant they understand that if we don't pick up after ourselves eventually someone may say, you cant use the beach anymore.
It's super bad with the summer crowds, been fishing there for 35 years and every year it gets worse.
What laws are there to combat this? I'm a native Texan and don't recall these kind of issues on Texas beaches when I was a child. It's gotten progressively worse in the last 10 - 15 years.
My family visited Hawaii 2 years ago and there was not a bit of loose trash ANYWHERE. What they DID have were plentiful signs displaying the fines for littering.....and they were steep.
My husband and I reaped much benefit from cleaning the lumber that washed in from the last 2 hurricanes. We made trip after trip to pick up all that we could, cleaning and repurposing much of it.
I didn't see anything on the website, do you have a link?
Every time we camp on MB we pick up trash and bag it up with ours then put by the cans on our way out. I don’t understand why the powers that be don’t see the need for more dumpsters or larger than the existing ones!
That doesn’t look like washed up trash. More like asshole generated trash.