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Welcome to Matagorda Texas
In 1827 Stephen F. Austin received permission from the Mexican government to establish a town near the mouth of the Colorado River to protect incoming settlers.

Matagorda is the third oldest Anglo-settled town in Texas.

Matagorda is an unincorporated town in Matagorda County near the mouth of the Colorado River.

Fishing and beach activities bring a large number of visitors to the Matagorda area.

During the course of the Civil War Matagorda was one of eight ports in Texas used by blockade runners to move cotton, guns, munitions, clothing and other products in aid of the Confederate war effort.

The Union blockade tried to stop the blockade runners from plying their trade. Union ships fired at Matagorda, but no Union soldiers came ashore.

Matagorda residents formed militia groups to aid the Rebel cause. The Civil War brought economic hard times to Matagorda.

The Emancipation Proclamation ended the Matagorda area plantation economy.

Matagorda has a population of approximately 1,752, but in summer the weekend population swells by thousands.

Matagorda's main industries are ranching and commercial and recreational fishing.

Matagorda claims to offer some of the finest saltwater fishing on the entire Texas Gulf Coast. The Matagorda coastline stretches for over 50 miles, from Sargent in the east, to Port O'Conner and north to Palacios.

Kayaking and Bird Watching are popular Matagorda area activities, along with fishing. You'll find multiple jetties sticking out into the Gulf helping facilitate the catching of redfish, flounder and trout. You will also find multiple boat ramps to facilitate easy launching.

For accommodations, in the Matagorda area you will find multiple rentals, many with water front and beach access.

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