Matagorda Bay Nature Park Review & Rating

Texas Outside Rating: 8.4

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Matagorda Bay Nature Park Overview:

Review of Matagorda Bay Nature Park

On the mouth of Matagorda Peninsula and the Colorado River is a great park with over 1600 acres park that was founded by LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) to promote education and the preservation of the wetlands as well as provide recreation and camping.

With over two miles of frontage on the Colorado River and two miles along the Gulf of Mexico, Matagorda Bay Nature Park is not only one of the best birding areas in the nation, but it's a great place to camp and enjoy the sand and surf and the Park's amenities.

Matagorda Bay Nature Center is a great place to go to explore the dunes, enjoy the sand and surf at the beach, do some birdwatching, catch some fish, watch the sunset and sunrise, enjoy camping, rent some kayaks and paddle the River or the Gulf,

The roads around the interior of the Park and campsites are paved and big rigs shouldn't have any trouble maneavering into a site.

If you do some driving on the beach, beware it's easy to get stuck in the soft sand.

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Amenities and Fun Things To Do:

Matagorda Bay Natural Area has 70 sites for camping:

  • 22 sites back up to FM 2031 and they all have 30/50 amp electrical service, sewer connections and a picnic table
  • 5 pull-through sites are located on the interior roads of the Park and they are also full hook-up sites with a picnic table
  • 24 sites are called Preferred Sites because they offer an obstructed view of the River - all 24 are full hook-up sites
  • the 19 Waterfront Camping Sites and located on the Colorado River and they have full hook-ups and a picnic table

All of the sites and roads are paved.  The campsites are level with a separate picnic table pad, grass between the sites, and hook-ups toward the rear of the site - not the most convenient.  There are a scaterring of palm trees but the vast majority of the site have no shade.

Some of the amenities at Matagroda Bay Nature Park include:

  • Redfish Hall is great for events and can seat up to 100
  • designated group picnic area, which is partially shaded, for groups up to 50 and it includes a large grill, picnic tables, and a serving table
  • modern restrooms and showers
  • a small country store
  • kayak rental and launching facility
  • laundry room
  • loaner fishing rods, reels, and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers
  • 3 fishing piers
  • hiking and walking trails
  • Natural Science Center
  • lots of beach area
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A Typical Texas Outsider Day:

Matagorda Bay Nature Center is a great place to go to explore the dunes, enjoy the sand and surf at the beach, do some birdwatching, catch some fish, watch the sunset and sunrise, enjoy camping, rent some kayaks and paddle the River or the Gulf, or just sit and relax on the beach or by the Colorado River.

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Texas Outside Campground Rating System

Texas Outside uses a tough rating scale and it’s difficult for a campground to get a “10”.  Each park is rated on:

  • Scenic Beauty: a campground that is flat with no trees or character gets a “1” and hills, lots of trees, beautiful lake site, and lush ground cover gets a “10”
  • Park Condition:  the cleaner, well kept, and maintained campgrounds receive high scores
  • Amenities: we are looking for lots of amenities like restrooms, dump stations, playgrounds, boat ramps, shelters, concession stand, rental toys, and more.
  • Campsites:  low scores are given for sites that are right next to each other (good for getting to know your neighbors, but not what we’re looking for when we’re camping); have no lantern holder, no water or electricity, no fire pit, no grill, or no picnic table (or it’s rotten wood); have no trees and no view; the ground cover is crushed rock (my bare feet hate that stuff!); and they require a lot of work to get your rig level.
  • Things To Do: Bonus points are given for campgrounds that offer lots of fun things to do at the park or very nearby – this includes: biking, hiking, climbing, boating, entertainment, golf, swimming, fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and more

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