Port Arthur’s Pleasure Island is an 18.5 mile long man-made body of land that extends from the mouth of the Neches River on the northwest to the Sabine Causeway on the southeast and is surrounded by Sabine Lake and the Sabine Neches Intracoastal Waterway.
The Pleasure Island Marina is a new, state-of-the art marina on 70,000 acre Sabine Lake with access to the Gulf of Mexico jetties at 10 miles.
Located at the South end of Pleasure Island on Mesquite Point, Walter Umphrey State Park has a lighted fishing pier, boat launch, and RV park. Facilities for tent camping and picnicking are also available.
Drive over the soaring MLK Bridge for scenic views and water birds
Share Pleasure Island with shorebirds, ducks, gulls and terns. This man-made island is good for a day of fun. A waterside boardwalk begins from a parking lot near the Pleasure Island Commission.
Look for neotropic cormorants; canvasback; bufflehead; red-breasted mergansers; northernsShoveler; blue and green-winged teal; gadwall; pintail, wigeon; ruddy ducks; and American pipits along roads. In winter look for loons, usually near Levee Road; American Avocets and spotted sandpiper.
Adventures begin with a drive over the soaring Martin Luther King bridge. Enjoy a boardwalk stroll and views of sailboats at Pleasure Island Marina, by the Port Arthur Yacht Club. While on the island, get a load of Big Arthur, the massive crane that unloads ships at Port of Port Arthur, try some disc golf, cast a line from the gazebo on the pier and enjoy a picnic. Extensive areas of marsh border island impoundments; mud flats.