Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Port Lavaca: Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse

Photo by TXDOT

The lighthouse once signaled safe passage to mariners sailing into the bays from the Gulf of Mexico. It weathered a century of storms until 1942 when a hurricane collapsed the walkway around the perimeter, leaving the structure sagging above the waterline. Locals salvaged the remains and eventually donated the Half Moon to the Calhoun County Historical Commission. Restored and transported to its present site next to the Port Lavaca community center, the Half Moon now serves as a small museum and welcoming beacon for visitors.


  • 2300 N Hwy 35
  • Port Lavaca, Texas
  • 77979


Hours & Fees

  • Daylight hours

  • Free