Welcome to Palacios, Texas ~ where Matagorda Bay, Tres Palacios Bay and beautiful sunsets come together. Palacios is midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi on the Texas coast and is the home port to one of the largest shrimping fleets on the Gulf Coast. Come to Palacios and enjoy great weather, wonderful cuisine, and the friendly small-town atmosphere with lots to do and see!
The Port of Palacios is located at the mouth of the Palacios Boat Channel on Tres Palacios Bay, an inlet off the larger Matagorda Bay. It is one of the most productive coastal fisheries of the state. The Channel is approximately four miles in length and connects the Port with the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway. The most recent dredging of the Channel in 2007 restored its width to 125 feet and depth to 14 feet. The Port itself covers over 124 acres of shoreline and includes four turning basins with over 13,000 linear feet of dock. Matagorda County Navigation District #1 property also encompasses over 600 additional acres of shoreline property and 300 acres of near shoreline property, all available for development.
The Port's harbor is home port for around 200 commercial shrimp boats, as well as numerous transient commercial shrimp boats from other ports on the Gulf of Mexico and a variety of other commercial vessels for fishing, scalloping and oystering. Palacios, as a shallow draft port, is one of the most active ports on the Gulf Coast and where fishermen landed over 7 million tons of shrimp in 2012.
Other Port properties include two recreational marinas, two
shipyards and various retail and wholesale bait and fresh
catch businesses. The shipyards haul, dry dock, service, refit
and repair vessels ranging from ferries and industrial barges
and tugs, to shrimping, fishing and recreational vessels of
all sizes. Tugboat, barge and recreational vessels are also
manufactured on the Port.