Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Matagorda Industrial Barge Terminal?

The Port of Bay City Authority has acquired approximately 100 acres just east of Matagorda Harbor between the Intracoastal Canal and South Gulf Road (known locally as "Cemetery Road") for use in the construction of an industrial barge terminal.  The Port has completed engineering plans and permitting for the facility.  Please contact our office at 979-245-5831 for more information.

How do I contact the city of Matagorda?

Matagorda is an unincorporated town, so there is no city government. The County Commissioners have some jurisdiction. See

Where can I find more information on Matagorda? has information on the local area.

Where can I find information about fishing around Matagorda? has information on local area fishing.

Who operates the Colorado River Locks?

The Colorado River Locks (the only locks in Texas) are operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. See for more information.

What is the status of the jetties at the Colorado River and access to the Gulf?

The rehabilitation of the Colorado Jetties at Matagorda was completed in early 2011. The work included the construction of a new east jetty and a major dredging. The channel is now 200 feet wide and 12 feet deep.

Where is Matagorda Island?

Matagorda Island is a Texas Wildlife Management Area (WMA) across the ICW from Port O'Connor to the south, and is accessed by boat. Visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife for more information.

Where is Matagorda Lighthouse?

Matagorda Lighthouse is on Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area, and information about it can be found at the State Parks web site

What is the weather like down there right now?

Click Here to see what the weather is like right now in Matagorda.

Can I buy gas and diesel at Matagorda Harbor?

Yes. See Harbor Bait & Tackle.

Can I buy bait at Matagorda Harbor?

Yes. Harbor Bait & Tackle has live and dead bait, and artificial lures.

How much does it cost to keep my boat at Matagorda Harbor?

Please see our Rates.

Can I launch my boat even if I don't have a slip?

Yes. There are free public launching ramps.

Do you have RV spaces?

RV spaces are available only to Matagorda Harbor boat slip patrons.