Matagorda Bay Kayak & Paddling Sites

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Allen's Landing Paddling Trail Allen’s Landing
Allen’s landing provides easy access to East Matagorda Bay. It is a short .43 mile paddle out to the bay. There is parking at this site.
Rudacells Cut East Matagorda Bay PaddleSports Park at Rudasill’s Cut
There is a small parking and paddlecraft launch site. Rudasill’s Cut provides quick access to the bay and adjacent marsh areas that are good for fishing and birding.
Jetty Park Aerial Photo Jetty Park
Jetty Park is a great site to go in if you want to access the beach on the other side of the Colorado River. Also a fun place to SUP when the conditions are good. Watch out for boat traffic though as Jetty Park sits at the entrance to the Colorado river on an active boating channel.
Little Boggy Bayou Little Boggy & McNab Lake
Little Boggy Bayou connects McNab and Gottschalk lakes to the Intracoastal Waterway. This is a great place to fish for Reds and Flounder and view wildlife. Be aware that this is prime Alligator habitat and there are lots of very large ones in this area.
Oyster Lake Oyster Lake
Oyster Lake park is a small park at the end of Oyster Lake Road. It provides access to fish West Matagorda Bay and Oyster Lake. It is also one of the sites on The Great Texas Birding Trail. There is parking at this site.
Parker's Cut Parker’s Cut
This is a great fishing and birding site or just a peaceful paddle. It does require a short portage over land with your kayak but is well worth the effort.
Rawlings Cut Rawling’s Cut
Rawlingโ€™s Cut provides easy access to East Matagorda Bay and Condo Cove. This is one of the most popular access sites for kayak fishing in the area.
River Bend Boat Ramp River Bend Boat Ramp
This is a county boat ramp on the Colorado River. There is no access fee to use the ramp. There is parking available.
Riverside Park Riverside Park
This is a beautiful park on the Colorado River just south of Bay City. It is a great place for a day paddle or you can use this park as a starting point for a 27 mile paddle downstream to Matagorda Beach. FM521 Park provides a shorter 11 mile paddle and public camping if you decide to do a multi-day trip all the way to Matagorda Beach.
St. Mary's Bayou St. Mary’s Bayou
St. Mary’s Bayou is a large marsh area. You can spend all day exploring here. This is a great site for birding & fishing. When the winds are high, this is a good site to paddle as there is some protection from the wind.
3 Mile Lake Aerial Photo 3 Mile Lake
3 Mile Lake is a large marsh area on the backside of Matagorda beach. It is accessed from the Beach but typically requires a 4×4 vehicle.
FM521 Park FM521 Park
FM521 Park is a small park with a boat Ramp on the Colorado River north of Matagorda. This is a great site to put in for an all day paddle down river. FM521 Park also serves as a great place to camp overnight if you are paddling from Riverside Park to Matagorda Beach. There are no usage or camping fees.

 

 

 

 

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We are currently working on raising funds to purchase equipment for mass removal of trash on Matagorda County beaches.  We think this will be the only major mechanized cleaning operation run by a non-profit in Texas.

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They need to maintain the beach more often than just twice a year

When we were there last month the hubs took the dog on the beach every day & took a trash bag & filled it every day.

We’ve been using Amazon Smile for a while to benefit Tropical Maniac Foundation. We should all promote that link more.

Big shell cleanup on pins uses equipment to clean

Finally they are trying to do something. It needs maintaining more often! Good to see that someone is trying to keep it clean!

Long overdue!

Where do the beach pass funds go? My vote would be to this cause as well.

Pack it in pack it out people!

How much is needed for the equipment?

Where can we donate?

Will this be for all Matagorda County beaches? Or just Matagorda? In other words will this include Sargent?

You all are AWESOME!

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Yessssss! Baywash has an easy “not even lifting a finger” to raise money fundraiser. Message me if you want me to set it up!

The Popo ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ needs to start giving out tickets

Who is responsible for the jetty and pier? People need to pick up after themselves and quit leaving their trash behind. I wish there was better enforcement of this issue.

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Did you know that a 2017 marine survey concluded the Gulf of Mexico has one of the highest concentrations of marine trash reported worldwide? Another Study in 2019 found that Texas gets 10 times as much debris on our beaches as the other gulf states. We are at the crossroads of a major crisis and an opportunity to take action and make a noticeable impact on our environment, wildlife and local tourist economies.

Upsetting isnt it? Well dont despair. Together we CAN make a difference! Follow us & visit our website to find out how to help.

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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?

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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.

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