Details for Army Hole / Matagorda Island State Park

Army Hole / Matagorda Island State Park

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 8 reviews

Address Matagorda Island, TX


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


This is a wilderness stop. Bring lots of insect repellant, and watch out for snakes, raccoons, alligators, etc. Very nice if you like the unspoiled beauty of nature.

Due to depth of the bay, it is inadvisable to anchor in wind conditions with any north component. If hiking to the Pass Cavallo light house, observe the signs since 'shortcuts' lead only to swamps with insects. Consider also that you will encounter varmints that are not afraid to board and dine if you tie up in the harbor.

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Enter from the ICW at Navy Cut at 28 24.620 N, 096 28.742 W. Proceed along markers, 193T. Make a port dog-leg at Green 17. Final approach will be from Red 24. Turn slightly to Starboard and aim for the right side of the opening.





Tide & current additional info

Diurnal tide.


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2011-09-28)

Other price info: Free to use, no fees at all.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: No AC at all

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Plenty of room for your pet to run.

Caution: Watch for gators, coyotes, and hogs. There are lots of stickers also.

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out





No - Must pack everything out with you.















Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Reported to have a weak ATT signal.

Boat ramp availability



No - It is reported that the park ranger will give you a ride to and from the beach for a nominal gas contribution.

Other services



Great unspoiled beach for fishing, shelling. Historic lighthouse.

Reviews for Army Hole / Matagorda Island State Park
Return to Army Hole, 2017-06-10
Captain: , Matagorda, Texas (41)

Returned to Army Hole after a 5 year absence from sailing. Have been coming out here since 1986, and sad to see our little jewel of the island abandoned by the state park system about 10 years ago. The brackish water outdoor shower under the palm trees is no longer fed from the Wildlife and Fisheries Game Warden's camp tank like it was for decades....didn't see any activity around there, so don't know if they man that camp anymore. Will have to place a few calls and see if this old memory from the past can be revived for future generation of sailors! Still, this is a stop that any sailor should try to make. So much history here dating from civil war to WWII eras. Couldn't get into the docks in our 5' draft trawler, but always liked to anchor in Lighthouse Cove anyway to avoid the bugs and racoons!

Best place on the TX coast, 2013-05-18
Captain: , Kemah, TX (519)

Not sure why the low ratings. Free dockage, very little company, totally sheltered. Yes bugs, yes wilderness. That's why I like it :-)

Update 5/17/13: Spent a total of 6 days here on an April trip, loved it as always. Trout were crazy! One other boat with draft of 4.5' came in with no issues. Love this place!

4-5 stars for beauty alone, 2 for amenities, 2012-08-08
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (174)

This was very remote. jackrabbits and caracara greated us. the immediate grounds around the dockage were kept mowed. there are old picnic tables and old buildings. Take your bikes if you want to trek across the island to see the beach or old see the lighthouse as they are about 3 mi with no working water and little shade on the island.There is no firewood for the grills that are there and no trash recepticles so leave with all your garbage and if you find any grab that too! follow the channel closely as we drifted off several yards and softly grounded but we were able to power off, our draft is 3.6'. great fishing many many different species, quite beautiful.

Summer 2011 Update, 2011-06-29
Captain: , Port Aransas, Texas (85)

We anchored in Lighthouse Cove nearby during June 2011. Last year we stayed here and loaded up on speckled trout and redfish, drift fishing from the dinghy. This year - albeit only there a day - we got skunked.

On the bright side, last year we were attacked by mosquitos on the island. You could not go ashore without heavy bug repellent application. This year it is incredibly dry, and found zero mosquitos. Offshore we had no bugs either.

One final note is that this bay can chop up in a storm, and both years we had good blows come through that rotated the boat 360 degrees around the anchor - twice - with winds peaking around 30 knots. While you can anchor fairly close here, realize that the predominate South wind will eventually turn North in a storm (and E and W), so you need to have enough water to swing South as well. You are a long way away from TowBoat US service.

Army Hole, 2010-02-16
Captain: , Stuart, FL (427)

If you like out of the way anchorages, this may be your spot. During the summer you can anchor at the entrance and have great holding and protection. When the wind is out of the north, it will be rough in the bay and there will be some surge in the basin. Bugs are a problem in all but the dead of winter.

Great place to get away from the crowds, 2009-08-02
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

This is the place to go if you enjoy having a dock and also being away from everything. The park service is no longer active in this park and you very seldom see anyone else. The fishing is good and the trail walking is great. This used to be an old air force base and you can ride you bikes on the runways on your way to the beach which is about 2 1/2 miles from the dock.

Good place, but no facilities, 2008-01-21
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (822)

We've spent many Thankgivings here, what you bring in you take out. The space can handle up to a 50' boat alongside. Very few boats spend any time here.

Isolated, no facilities, 2007-06-17
Captain: , Houston, TX (1409)

I really like this place... it's not really a marina, but a few slips for smaller boats (<30') and some bulkhead space. No facilities of any kind, no water, no trash disposal. Has a tremendous unspoiled beach, a historic lighthouse and lots of critters at night. The only way here is by boat, so you'll find a great expanse of unspoiled beach and an old abandoned military airfield.
(update, 6/07) Parks and Wildife doesn't run the place any longer, so the ranger is gone. If you want to visit the lighthouse (3 mi.) or the beach (2.5 mi.) bring bikes!

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