Cruising at HYC
A master-planned gated community in Hitchcock, Texas, with a marina, pool and swim-up grill. The Harborwalk Marina is located right next to Buoy Marker #59 on the Intracoastal Waterway at West Galveston Bay. Coordinates are N29° 17' 06", W94° 57' 28". The coordinates for the entrance to the Marina are N29° 17' 21", W94° 57' 31" Phone: 409-935-3737. For more information, click here.
Offats Bayou and Moody Gardens
Offats Bayou is a manmade inlet on the west side of Galveston Island just off the ICW. Location: 29-16'51'' N, 094-51'28'' W -- Decimal Degrees: N29.2807929, W94.8576976. The entrance channel is well marked, but you may want to follow a fellow boater in the first time because one bend is deceptive to the eye. Inside the bayou, the best anchorage is on the south shore near the Galveston Boat Club. Anchor carefully as the bayou has a grassy bottom, and even experienced cruisers sometimes find themselves unexpectedly adrift.
For a full-service boat slip, make reservations at the Moody Gardens complex, also on the south shore. The complex includes a hotel, restaurants and glass pyramids that house an aquarium, a rainforest and a discovery museum. The complex also offers 3D, FX and Ridefilm theaters and an imported white sand beach. A complimentary courtesy shuttle service runs between the hotel and marina.
Double Bayou, Oak Island Marina
Double Bayou is a two-forked, narrow but deep estuary that winds through pastureland rich with animal and birdlife. It’s located on the northeast shore of Trinity Bay, which is part of the Galveston Bay system. These days HYC members usually stay at the Oak Island Marina for Easter Weekend and explore the bayou in outboards and dinghies. From the marina, you can walk to a motel, a restaurant, a playground and grocery store. Slips have electrical hookups, but you’ll have to make a hefty deposit to hook up to water. To reserve a slip or room, call 409-252-3474.
Other Destinations - Galveston Bay & Beyond
Army Hole (Matagorda Island)
Shallow channel from Port O’Connor. Location: 28.452N 96.388W, good fishing, away from it all, ask about the “green flash.”
Bridge Harbor Yacht Club (Freeport)
Full service docking facility with a pool, swim-up bar and grill, convenience store, courtesy security service and private bathhouse. 979-233-2101
Leads to an old clay quarry in Baytown. At Morgan's Point, take a right and follow well-marked barge canal 4 nm to the Bayou entrance. Cruise through scenic woods and wetlands for another 7 miles to the anchorage. There is a fixed bridge with 50 foot clearance about 5 miles up the bayou.
Corpus Christi Marina
Latitude 27 48' N Longitude 97 23' W, Street Address: 98 Coopers Alley, Corpus Christi, TX 78401, Phone: 361-883-6518, Fax: 361-883-3121, wet slips, fuel dock, free pump out station, air conditioned showers, restrooms and laundry, four public boat ramps, dry storage and board boat racks, adjacent to Corpus Christi Yacht Club.
Freeport Municipal Marina
Deep harbor, walk to restaurants, shopping, free trolley. 979-373-0900
Galveston Yacht Basin
Galveston, Texas, 409-762-9689 ext 201; Location: 29deg 19’05.34”N -- 94deg 46’42.71”W; Boat slips with shore power, water, bathhouses, laundry, ice, fuel dock, marine store, bait, public boat ramps.
Harbor House (Galveston)
Location: Pier 21, Slips reserved for hotel guests, walk to restaurants, shopping, the Strand historical district, etc., Phone: 1-800-874-3721, 409-763-3321.
Island Moorings Marina (Port Aransas)
Floating docks, ship's store, restaurant, swimming pool, bathhouse, laundromat. Phone: 888-749-9030
Key Allegro Marina (Rockport)
Fuel dock, ship’s store, bar and restaurant, bath house, laundry facilities. Phone: 361-729-8264
Laguna Harbor is conveniently located on the Upper Texas Coast, just east of Galveston Island on the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Matagorda Club Airfield Anchorage (Matagorda Peninsula)
A fairly protected area in Matagorda Bay. This is a great place for those who like to get away from it all.
Matagorda Harbor Marina
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway at Texas mile 440, near bay and offshore fishing locations. Limited bulkhead space for transients, electricity, water, restrooms, showers, fuel dock, restaurant, bait, ice, paved boat ramps. Harbormaster: 979-863-2103
Offatt’s Bayou (Boudreaux’s on the Bayou)
Dock and dine, then spend the night on the T-head. 6310 Heards Lane, Galveston, Texas 77551, Phone: 409-744-2111
Pelican Island Anchorage
An area just west of Pelican Island near the bridge that connects Pelican Island to Galveston Island. From the anchorage, you have a 2 nm dinghy ride to Harbor House and the Strand Historical District.
Port Aransas Municipal Marina
Offers short- and long-term slip rentals, public restrooms, four boat ramps, a fishing pier, ice and showers for boatslip users. Dinghy or walk to restaurants, stores, souvenir shops. Phone: 361-749-5429
Port Arthur Yacht Club
Leases a portion of the Pleasure Island Marina in Lake Sabine. Facilities include a clubhouse, restrooms, gated-entry marina, ice, access to fuel and pump out station and limited dry-storage. Phone: 409-356-6253
Redfish Island Anchorage
Just a few miles from HYC, provides protection from wind and wave action from about NNW clockwise to SSW. On Sept. 2, 2012, boaters from all over Galveston Bay will sail to this anchorage for the annual Redfish Raft Up Concert.
Rockport Marina at Cove Harbor
Located on the ICW just south of Rockport; deepwater slips with water and electricity, restrooms, showers, detailers and technicians available. Phone: 361-790-5438
Serendipity Resort Marina (Palacios)
Phone: (361) 972-5454. Located mid-way between Bay City and Port Lavaca on Tres Palacios Bay; transient slips, RV sites, restrooms and showers. Walk to restaurants and stores.
Spoonbill RV Park (Smith Point)
Bulkhead tie-up for shallow-draft boats only; 2 RVs for rent. Phone: 409-355-2347
Stingaree Marina (Crystal Beach)
Located on East Galveston Bay in Crystal Beach. Adjacent restaurant and bar, boat ramps, gas, ice, beer, bait and RV spaces. Call for bait and fuel availability as well as dockage availability for overnight stay: 409-684-9530
The Sanctuary at Costa Grande (Port O’Connor)
A gated waterfront community with a marina. Call ahead to inquire about slip availability: 888-552-0785.
TopWater Grill (San Leon)
Seafood restaurant and small marina at April Fool Point on Galveston Bay. Phone: 281-339-1232