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. Take a GPS as it is easy to get lost in the maze of bayous.

Getting There:

From Matagorda head south on FM 2031 across the bridge. The trailhead is on the east side of the road just past Snapper’s Restaurant and Bar.
Coordinates: 28.66398, -95.96236

Parking & Facilities:

There are no bathroom or other facilities at this site. Park on the west side of the road on the shoulder and do not block any driveway entrances.

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Another great report Clay! Remind people to take their trash with them too!

Thank you Clay and ALL Matagorda EMS for helping save lives. Please everyone reading this help me to let TEA know that you believe that education is the key to saving lives and ALL Texas school districts especially those 100 miles from the Texas coastline must mandate Swimming lessons and water safety taught in all elementary school districts. The minimal cost of swimming pool installations is nothing compared to the cost of Texas Childrens lives. This is a life skills class that allTexan children should be required to take. Education is the key to saving lives. Clay is right in saying that Matagorda is NO different than any other Texas Gulf coast beach.

Thank you

Oh, no. It looks windier there than here in Galveston.


Thank you for recommending safety. I firmly believe the surf is not for swimming! Cool off, sit in shallow water, but USE safety precautions and safety equipment. I care about my fellow man too much to see another life lost. Stay safe and, again, thank you!

Thank you Clay!

What a wonderful service you are sharing. I hope there’s a way to get these messages out to more folks. Yes, the misinformation is out there! Again. A great job. You folks need to recognized and appreciated even more👣

Good wise advice.


Thank you for this reminder of the dangers of our Beach!! Life jackets are imperative fir small children and those who don’t understand the dangers of Water

Thank You for that report

Bonnie Cornelius Elbel

Thank you !

Great Report Clay We all should wear life preservers. Especially children!!

Great info!

make sure you take your trash back with you too

Christie Plumley Penny Donowho Shelly Cook Teague

Another great report Clay, people do need to be aware of what is going on. Thanks

Couldnt have said it any better! Anybody who lets their kids go far are irresponsible

Also remember that the harbor has free life jackets that you can use and return .

Good report as always.. It's sad that people still ignore all the signage around the jetties. What else can the county do? Can't fix stupidity.

Jessie Sterling Clarke

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Patrick Harris Adam Hutchings Jay Nicks some food for thought 🤔

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Thank you Gary Janise and Harbor Bait and Tackle. If you are headed to the beach and need a life jacket, they will loan you one!

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Thank you Gary!!!

You're a good man "Charley Brown"

Thank you. 🤩🤩

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Those rip tides are bad killed a friend of mine a few years back