Port Lavaca
Home Of Birds, Beaches, Sails And Big Fish Tales

Calhoun County has been welcoming visitors to its shores since 1519 when Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Peneda cruised through its seven bays. Port Lavaca (Calhoun County) is located near the center point of the 275-mile Texas Gulf Coast and provides a coastal retreat to many of the urban areas of South Texas. More than half of the surface area of Calhoun County (500 miles of shoreline) is covered with water offering fresh seafood, Gulf and bay beaches and cool sea breezes. Calhoun County offers visitors a wide variety of public park facilities, many of which have RV accommodations. Where you find water, you will also find excellent marinas. The Nautical Landings Marina in Port Lavaca offers convenient and affordable accomodations to boaters cruising the Texas Gulf Coast. Imagine yourself with the opportunity for excellent sailing, fishing, shelling on the countless beaches and birding in the wetlands. The most popular area attractions continue to be Lighthouse Beach in Port Lavaca, the Formosa Wetlands Walkway, Matagorda Island State Park, Bayfront Park in Seadrift and Magnolia Beach.

The tropical, seaside environment and community charm add to an attractive, family-oriented vacation. The cost of vacationing in Calhoun County is among the most affordable in the nation. Accomodations range from full-service hotels to quaint bed & breakfasts. It is also an area rich in history, with such colorful sites as Ranger Cemetery, the historical Half Moon Reef Lighthouse, the LaSalle Monument, the old Indianola townsite, the Matagorda Island Lighthouse, old town sites, numerous cemeteries and a total of 30 historical markers.

Nestled on the southeast side of Port Lavaca, immediately along the bay, lies a tranquil and well-known historical site called Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a missionary order of Catholic priests and brothers acquired the land for use as a vacation and training grounds for the students at the Oblate Seminary in San Antonio. Many fond memories were formed over the 80 years that they came to Oblate Villa. The two-story chapel, which was built in the early 1900's has been restored and now houses an antique and craft business. Additional buildings are being restored for a bed & breakfast and additional space for antiques. The grounds, which sit on a bluff along 450 ft of the bay are open for your enjoyment. Various sea gulls sit on the pilings and flocks of brown pelicans are often seen overhead. On "special" days, dolphins can be seen out in the bay. There is a wonderful feeling there which we know will once again be felt by those who are always welcome to stop and spend some time.

Birding has never been better in Calhoun County! It is a migratory flyway for 400 species of birds, in addition, the area is a wintering ground for numerous species including the endangered Whooping Crane. We can boast about our 8 birding sites that have been selected for The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Area fishing charters also offer birding tours throught the inland bay areas. During the spring, primary migration routes bring hundreds of thousands of birds throught Matagorda Island State Park and the surrounding county. Calhoun County still holds the record for most bird species reported during all five years that the North America Migratory Count has been conducted on the second Saturday in May.

Matagorda Island State Park is unique because it is accessible only by private boat or passenger ferry from the dock in Port O'Connor. A barrier island, Matagorda is unmarred by development. Standing on its shores you can imagine what it looked like when LaSalle was blown ashore in February 1685. The island also has a lighthouse built in 1892, trenches dug during the Civil War and some of the finest fishing on the Texas Gulf Coast. Ask about the Army Hole!

So join the ranks of those who have discovered Calhoun County's treasures. Our residents and merchants are prepared to make your stay enjoyable, visit after visit, year after year

For information call:
Chamber of Commerce
1-800-556-7678 or (512) 552- 2959