Birding – Matagorda County tops the charts for avian adventurers

A diverse collection of rare breeds tends to gather in Matagorda County, including the intrepid species known as the birder. Ninety-seven of them showed up in a nasty winter storm last year to conduct the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, once again making Matagorda Countys Mad Island Marsh Preserve the champion of the event for North American species, a title its proudly held since 1997.

The Art League of Bay City supports artists in Matagorda County through classes, shows and access to a community of local artists.  Classes are offered for both children and adults and members can request painting space in the gallery.  Contact the League for more information on how to participate in the art community in Bay City. Additionally, the Art League has sponsored many murals around Bay City. Check them out as you explore town.2002 7th Street, Bay City, TX


We know we are living the good life when we can drive to the beach after work, put our toes in the sand and still be home by bedtime. Matagorda County lies on the Texas Coastal Bend long known for its recreational fun and natural beauty. The County’s 55-mile coastline is located along the inter-coastal waterway where we enjoy windsurfing, kayaking, beach combing, fishing or crabbing. Sargent and Matagorda are beachside communities within a few minutes’ drive of Bay City. A few miles southwest of Bay City is the City of Palacios, on Matagorda Bay, where we sail, kayak or fish off the piers along the public seawall.

Bay City is located 20 miles away from the gulf coast and Matagorda Beach. After crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, you will find 22 miles of accessible beach. Matagorda Beach is a favorite place for both locals and visitors for soaking up the sun, fishing, gathering seashells and simply spending time with family and friends in the salt air.


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