Magnolia Beach

County Park

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North Ocean Dr.
Port Lavaca, TX 77979

GPS: 28.5599, -96.537

Last Price Paid: $0
Elevation: 3 ft

Be aware of the tides and high tide line when choosing a beach campsite. Strong winds or storms can significantly elevate tides and create hazardous conditions along the Gulf Coast.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving on sandy beaches.
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24 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

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Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
4bars
Verizon 3G
4bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
4bars
AT&T Voice Only
3bars
Sprint 3G
3bars
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Paul & Gin
FL 24' Lance 1985 Ford F150
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
“Great stay”

Reviewed Jan 21, 2019

Overall Rating

We had seen reviews and watched a lot of YouTube videos on Magnolia Beach but was not sure if it would live up to expectations. We have had a very relaxing and nice stay here. The beach is clean, people have been very nice and it has not been crowded. The best part is that it is free camping. There are no hookups but they do have a cle... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 0
“The best things in life aren’t things, or free!”

Reviewed Jan 13, 2019

Overall Rating

The posted pictures cropped out the crap. Like the refinery the ship was headed to, or the abandoned shacks, or the travelers vehicles/homes that are certain to become abandoned soon, or the overflowing garbage cans, or the excrement on flush toilets without seats.

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2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE

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Lilmsnomad
SD 23' Thomas GMC Savana Short bus
35 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Lilmsnomad would stay here again

“Crowded but not bad”

Reviewed Jan 08, 2019

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Seems to be the place everyone knows about. EVERYONE. The beach is crumbles shell almost like broken glass. Hard packed but not barefoot friendly. Our closest neighbor used a generator. I think so did the next guy. It’s fine for a pinch but the cell service was slow on top of the crowd. It just didn’t work for us.

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
1bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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The Moores
TX 31' Jayco Eagle HT 27.5 RLTS 5th wheel aka SeaMoore 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Diesel aka Miss Daisy
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

The Moores would stay here again

“Beach front property ”

Reviewed Sep 05, 2018

Overall Rating

First of all I have to say we were here on Laborday weekend, a spur of the moment camping trip to christen our new truck. We arrived Saturday evening thinking the day time visitors would be leaving. We were right in that, but it brought a new crowd out. Our new beighbors came with a construction generator,flood lights and fishing poles... more

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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

MyAngel would stay here again

“Overall great stay!”

Reviewed Jul 30, 2018

Overall Rating

Great FREE dry-camping on the Matagorda Bay, a large Gulf of Mexico estuary bay on the Texas coast. Nice stretch of drivable packed surface beach just south of Port Lavaca. Showers available, but we didn't investigate. Several motorhomes and travel trailers the 3 days/2nights we stayed. Bring what you will need as there's no shoppi... more

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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

¿Whur my DX3 geaux? would stay here again

“Fantastic View w Free Camping ”

Reviewed May 27, 2018

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Nothing better than waking up to ocean front views 10 feet away. Great ocean breezes. Spacious. Lots of campsites. All primitive. Picnic tables at some w bbq grills. Be cautious of soft sand after beach “renourishment”. Totally worth the drive. Only one oil rig in site of our location, with no noise. Big rigs ok. ATT and Verizon ok. Ab... more

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Noise
3bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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9 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
“Danger of flooding well above high tide line”

Reviewed Apr 14, 2018

Overall Rating

There were around 30 of us RVers on the beach on a Friday night. My wife and I went to sleep and woke up at 2:30 am to 75MPH cat 1 hurricane level winds. We quickly got up to put the generators inside, and within 5 minutes the gulf waters were high enough to move our trailer off its leveling blocks as the sand washed away. The trailer ... more

2bars
AT&T 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
1bars
T-Mobile 4G/LTE

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WayneOnTheRoad
Calgary, AB, Canada 26' Glendale Golden Falcon Chevrolet Silverado 1500 HD
8 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: N/A

WayneOnTheRoad would stay here again

“Wonderful area and a great spot... for the most part.”

Reviewed Apr 08, 2018

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We arrived March 5th, 2018 and it overall it was an amazing stay. We were told the weekend would be busier as it was the start of Spring Break and we did experience some "disregard of personal space" from a couple of locals as well as one really disrespectful couple who showed up late on Saturday, set up bright light, a noisy generator... more

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3bars
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Maggie
FL 24' Airstream Grand Tour Interstate
11 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

Maggie would stay here again

“Beach camping for free!”

Reviewed Mar 04, 2018

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Pros: If you like to sleep with the sound of the waves this is it! You parked 15’ from the shore :) And it is FREE The access to the beach it’s very easy, you drive in and select your spot. There are free bathrooms and hot water showers (only 2 of the 4 were available) Although there were several RV’s we managed to find a nice s... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Embracing Detours
Ocala, FL 30' Airstream International Serenity 2000 Ford E350
16 reviews
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Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7
Site Number: Anywhere you want.
“Free camping on the beach!!!”

Reviewed Feb 21, 2018

Overall Rating

We boondocked here for 7 days in February 2018. Our RV was parked 15' from the water! Very nice clean beach. Bathrooms and showers available. When we were there only one of four showers were unlocked and the one that was open looked well used but not horrible. The area was hit directly by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and still showed some ... more

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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Free Camping on Magnolia Beach, Texas

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Post 69: Magnolia Beach, Port Lavaca, Texas - A Snails Life and Lovin' it!

Magnolia Beach, Port Lavaca, Texas Saturday Nov 4,2017 Well today we left Robbin’s RV Park to head out to Magnolia Beach, in Port Lavaca, Texas. Robbin’s RV Park was an interesting place. We left...

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The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is sporty and fun with a streamlined design for easy paddling. Great for experiencing lakes and mild rivers with a friend, this Sports Series kayak is perfect for two adults...

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We had an awesome stay right on the shore of Magnolia Beach, Texas. A great place to camp while we explored the general area and visited Port Lavaca, Texas. While celebrating LaDonna’s birthday we foun...

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Hookups:
  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping
Recreation:
  • fishing
  • picnic area
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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