Texas Independence Trail Region

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

Port O'Connor: Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area

Photo by TPWD

The island is 38 miles long and varies in width from less than a mile to about four and a half miles. The island supports a wide variety of migratory birds, some 19 state or federally listed threatened or endangered species, a large herd of white-tailed deer, alligators and other wildlife. Activities include salt-water fishing, hunting (in season), birding, picnicking and historical interpretation. A lighthouse dating from 1852 still stands at the north end of the island. Matagorda Island is known for its seclusion and untouched natural beauty.


  • Matagorda Island
  • Port O'Connor, Texas
  • 77982


Hours & Fees

  • Daily

  • Free

Map & Directions

No private motorized vehicles. Persons can continue to utilize the Sunday Beach area, accessed via boat from either the Gulf or Pass Cavallo, for camping, beach combing, fishing, and bird watching.