Matagorda Bay

Wave Goodbye

May 24, 2017 By Alex Hannaford

For decades, Matagorda Bay has been a favorite spot for Texas surfers. The response to a recent spate of drownings might put an end to that.

Three Gripping Tales of Survival

Sep 22, 2014 By Matt Bondurant

Saved by Prickly Pear A hiker gets trapped in Big Bend. It was a gorgeous Tuesday morning in April 2010, and Merritt Myers was going on a hike. Hiking was a form of spiritual therapy for Myers—the Austinite had trekked in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park, even Machu…

The Lighthouse Drive

Jan 21, 2013 By Katy Vine

ROUTE: Port Arthur to Port AransasDISTANCE: 308 milesNUMBER OF COUNTIES: 11WHAT TO BRING: A pair of binoculars I started as far east as you can go on the Gulf Coast and still be in Texas. And since the Sabine Pass Lighthouse, which is technically across the state…

Beachy Keen

Jun 30, 2011 By Stirling Kelso

Grab your swimsuit, hop in the car, and drive to one of these four coastal getaways to beat the heat.

A Shrimp Tale

Sep 30, 1996 By Robert Draper

After nearly fifty years of working Matagorda Bay, Vernon Bates could soon watch his business shut down for good—and so could the thousands of other shrimpers who make their living on the Gulf Coast.

Mr. Hannah’s Rocket

Nov 1, 1982 By Stephen Harrigan

His first spacecraft blew up on the pad and his primary investor died, but the first free enterprise rocket finally flew from Matagorda.