Event Detail
Matagorda Island NWR

Start Date/Time: Friday, May 4, 2018 6:30 AM
End Date/Time: Sunday, May 6, 2018 3:30 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Weekend / Intermediate Skill
Event Report:

Trip Initiator:   Chris Arceneaux 

Trip DescriptionTake bay boat guides / shuttle trips from Port O'Connor to the old state park camp ground. Set up camp and fish. This is a primitive trip.

We can bring ice chests and cook stoves but there is no running water. And only island vegetation for bathrooms.

Space is limited to 16 on the bay-boat transport so you must reserve a spot in advance. Four people plus kayaks and gear will be transported at a time / per bay boat.

Please limit what you bring to essential kayak, fishing & camping gear, food & water. Your kayak should be empty except for rods, reels or perhaps a paddle and life jacket. The use of dry bags will help with the organized bay-boat packing. By the way, this is primative camping. 

Planning on using two boats, two runs each. Shuttle fee is $50 each (subject to change as arrangements are finalized). 

Participants paddling or sailing on their own will be registered too, participant number will reflect both methods of transportation. 

What to Pack/Bring:


See Standard PACK List for items to consider for any PACK outing

Important items:

§  VHF Radio for communication and emergency contact

§  First Aid Kit 

§  Tent, tarp & line for the shelters if you like

§  3-4 days of food & water, snacks  




Recommended guidelines for participates:

§  Make sure trip leader or an officer has your emergency contact

§  Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns

§  If inexperienced, then buddy up. Make sure the trip leader knows your experience level

§  Communicate with the trip leader, if you are unsure of your skill level required

§  Member dues and waiver are current

§  Guests are invited to participate

§  Have performed deep water entries

§  Carry a first aid kit (Trip Leader will have one)

§  Have a life jacket

§  Have a VHF radio

§  Dry bags for critical gear, keys, electronics

§  Inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.

§  Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

Recommended for Trip Leaders:

§  Insures proper authorizations

§  Secure sites

§  Prepare emergency preparedness plan

§  Keep abreast of weather conditions that might affect the trip

§  Point out any potential area hazards

§  Maintain a head count

§  Have available a first aid kit

§  Have a VHF radio



$5 to Park

$~60 CASH - Round-trip transport fee + Tips

$12 TX Parks & Wildlife Limited Use Permit.  The $12 fee permit is available at Academy or anywhere Fishing licenses are sold by  TPWD.  It's License / Permit #175

(TPWD Yearly Pass should work - checking...)

 How to get there:    It's the "Inn at Clarks"

Address: 701 Commerce St, Port O'Connor, TX 77982
.  I'm not insisting everybody get one.   Chris

Fishing Options:


§  Matagorda Island offers outstanding kayak, wade and surf fishing opportunities without crowds. Prime fishing areas are the Army Hole, Pringle Lake, and Lighthouse Cove on the northern side of the island. On previous trips we often saw good stringers taken from directly in front of the camp area. There is a lot of grass and good hard bottom for wading. Stingrays can be plentiful so bring your guards. The surf is another option but the island beach is 2 miles from the boat dock and camping area. The shuttle service, formerly provided years ago by the Park staff between the dock and the beach area, is no longer available. 


Guest Participants:


(We prefer for you to create a login account on this website so that you can have your name added to the auto register list below. If you don't have a registered login account on this website we can list your name here; please contact the trip leader to request your name to manually added. If you have a login account then use the enroll feature at the top of this page to become part of the auto enroll list below)



 Enrolled Participants
1. mullet_key
2. bvaltierra
3. sjspud
4. brbjr
5. memshoff
6. loumessina
7. Mr. B
8. TWG
9. Dgarza
10. Razorback1985
11. Bmath
12. unclejnb
13. buzz797
14. Big Fish Bill

Owned by mullet_key On Thursday, January 4, 2018

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