Matagorda, Texas

Matagorda Bay Nature Park

Matagorda, Texas



Matagorda, Texas
Phone: (979) 863-7120

Sites: 70
Recent Rate: $40 12/2015

Latitude: 28.5989915677057
Longitude: -95.9775924682617

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-river Waterfront Waterfront yes-river
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen yes
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities yes
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals yes
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River yes
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

29 Reviews

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PlanoPilot

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely, low key, very well maintained park, located where the Colorado River meets the Gulf of Mexico. There are two RV loops; the south loop is closest to the Gulf and the Nature Center, while the north loop is closest to the office and the boat launch. Both loops have back-in sites on the outside of the loop and pull-throughs on the inside. All the sites are large enough to accommodate big rigs (ours is 41' plus tow vehicle) and have 30/50 amp service, water and sewer.

We had a back-in site on the north loop that backed right up to the river, about 25 feet behind our rig, with a beautiful view out our windows of the river looking down towards the Gulf. We saw lots of waterfowl and other animals out our window. There are very few trees and nothing to break the wind coming in off the Gulf, so it can be quite blustery at times.

The park offers free Internet, but we couldn't pick it up on the north loop; we heard it was better on the south loop, especially close to the Nature Center. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Major activity is fishing; there are four fishing piers including one over the Gulf. They rent fishing tackle and kayaks. There is a self-guided kayak trail through the wetlands in the park. Birding is also popular. Nature Center is small and aimed at young children. Closest real shopping (including grocery and gas) is in Bay City, about a 40 minute drive to the north.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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MTSHanson

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is very well maintained by LCRA. The sites are all level, concrete with large concrete patios, full hookups, and some spacing with grass between sites. Some sites back up to the river and I can say there's not a bad site in this park. There are two very nice lighted fishing piers available to all in the park and day visitors as well. The beach is a pretty good walk from the park so I suggest driving to the public beach access road and going on down a ways to get a nice private piece of gulf front property to enjoy but be prepared to pay a $10 yearly permit fee to drive on the beach. I would have rated this park higher but the day fee per person is a little high to me, we paid $5.00 per person per day in addition to our daily site fee; we had five people so this was $25.00 per day in day use fees. Maybe LCRA could justify this if they offered more than a few lighted fishing piers, especially considering the beach is sometimes not an option due to massive amounts of seaweed being present. Maybe the park should consider adding a swimming pool and hot tub or some other amenities to warrant such high day use fees. Everyone that we encountered that worked at the park was very kind and helpful. We would return here. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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judy_online

Review Count: 67
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the nicest places I have stayed. It is clean and well-taken care of. Sites are paved with newly-paved picnic table areas. I nearly always stay in state and national parks, and this also is government-owned. Beautiful beach on Gulf of Mexico and fishing pier is about 1000 feet away. I could not get their Wi-Fi signal but Verizon was decent and I used my hotspot. One nice thing is that they offer winter weekly and monthly rates. Yes, they do charge a daily rate plus the camping fee, but it is only $2 for Texas residents who are over 65. (I am not a Texas resident but they charged me only $2 anyway.) I will definitely come back for a longer stay sometime. Sites do vary in cost depending on location, so check before you reserve. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Motorhome.

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OurNewLife

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

I am posting this as a fee warning for all potential campers. We were to stay here for a week at $245/week. However, what is not clear to you upon making reservation, is that the park charges you a daily user fee in addition to your daily or weekly rate. The daily user rate is $5/day per person. For 4 persons that is an additional $20/day for 7 days if we had gone thru with our reservation. An additional $140 per week to equal $390/week. That is a bit steep for a week for us. They told us that they just starting charging the additional daily entrance fee. Well, I think it is a bad idea. We chose not to stay. Wish we would have known earlier. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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jmsrbrt

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean park. River access and a short stretch of beach front. Wi-Fi access is only available in the half of the park closest to beach, the other half only has access of you walk over to the headquarters (small inconvenience). The only negative thing I can say about this park is the lack of shade trees, otherwise the park is immaculate and very well maintained including showers, and restrooms. There is also a small play area for the kids. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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MontyHall

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Previous posts are accurate. Over spring break the place was packed, but as soon as Monday came around the CG emptied out and was peaceful. Off of the beaten trail. Verizon kept dropping from a good 3G to a poor 1xRTT even with my external antenna and booster. Was useable but annoying at times. Park was very clean, but the beach nearby was filthy. People just camped on the beach and then left their garbage. I don't get it. We'd come back if in the area. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Colorado Kamper

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

This park was really nice. We hit it at a very quiet time with lots of open sites. Level concrete site for the trailer. A small area of gravel with a table and then grass all around that. Trails along the river leading to a small pier. Great for the kids and dog. Walking distance to the gulf with a much bigger pier with about 10 people hauling in fish left and right. There was some trash on the beach but not much and mostly just in about 3 or 4 places where there had been a campfire. Due to our arrival time I did not get properly checked in so I did not get a code to try the WiFi but I did have a strong signal. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Travel Trailer.

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MH-Tom

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice site layout. Grounds and building are well maintained. Park is a long way off major highways, so not an overnighter. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Motorhome.

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thetravelkids

Review Count: 142
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: November, 2012 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

A great park to stay at! Bordered by the Colorado River on one side and just a short walk to the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Long back-in concrete sites with good power. Water and sewer hook-up conveniently located. Some pull-through sites are also available. The Nature Center offers classes, lectures, and kayaking in the wetlands. Wi-Fi was recently added and was available at the sites close to the Nature Center. The previous reviews are accurate. We would stay here again. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Travel Trailer.

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lonestarsteve

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: January, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful place to get away from it all. You have Colorado River on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Very friendly and helpful personnel. Wide roomy sites. Fishing piers on the river and the Gulf. Good shelling along the beach. Wi-Fi was being installed when we left. Would recommend this campground. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Motorhome.

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westie0506

Review Count: 68
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Great park but remote. Great place to fish, shell, and walk the beach. Bathrooms are spotless. Bring water since it has a funny taste. Light breeze keeps the mosquitoes away - so without a breeze you need your spray. Enjoyed our whole campground experience - very quiet and relaxing. Internet should be working soon. Rate is for preferred site. $25 for general camping and $35 for waterfront (river). We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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ljr

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean, extremely well maintained park. Staff is great. Sites are level concrete. Nearby shopping and services are very limited. Supermarket and major chain stores are 30 miles away. Verizon signal was good. No Wi-Fi but they started installation the day I left. After a recent upgrade to the local system, water was rather unappealing though I was assured it was safe to drink. One of the maintenance men told me that, due to the recent drought, they weren't allowed to flush the system as much as they wanted after the upgrade. The water should improved with time. Price is based on the monthly rate. I plan on returning for an extended stay next winter. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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jGalt

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: December, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an outstanding RV park with huge sites, well distant from the neighbor, full concrete pads, with a large concrete picnic table at each site. Everything, from each site to the facilities, is kept immaculately clean and groomed. While on a river, it is a two minute walk to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. This is a great place to enjoy beaches, to kayak, and to do what is mainly done in Matagorda: fish. There are fish cleaning stations and piers in the RV park, and a huge pier for fishing in the Gulf. Shore birds are abundant in the area. The only negative is mosquitoes which are also abundant. When the wind blows, the mosquitoes stay away, but if only a breeze blows, they are back. Repellent is a must here as is bringing in all your own cooking and drinking water. This is a top notch RV park in a superior serene location. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Mrmac8

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

If you like to fish this is a good place. There are serveral small fishing piers as well as a very large one at the gulf beach part of the park. The RV park is park of an LCRA park that includes substantial river and gulf frontage. There is a very limited Nature Center. Sites are paved and the picnic tables are concrete in granite gravel patios. This is a very barren area. Two of the last three times we have been there, there has been a congregation of horse back riding groups that take over a large portion of the park with their attendent loud music. During our stay, fishing and crabbing were poor. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Travel Trailer.

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roadranger1040

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We had the best time with the grand kids at this park. Thanks for making it a memorable occasion. We will return. We camped at Matagorda Bay Nature Park in a Motorhome.

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