Magnolia Beach

Sandy beach
24 Blackburn Ave, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, USA (109 miles from Houston, TX)
Water quality

Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Bridge's maximum load limit is 10,000 lbs. 

Magnolia Beach is a 1.5 miles long stretch of drivable hard-packed sandy beach on the Texas coast, on Matagorda Bay, just 20-25 minutes south of Port Lavaca. The water here is less salty than in the ocean (just 19%) because the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers flow into the bay.

Magnolia Beach isn’t a resort-type-of a beach, but it’s a very peaceful and relaxing place where you can park your RV as close as 15 feet from the ocean, sleep to the sound of waves and wake up to a picturesque ocean front view. The only considerable drawback is that there’s only one little shop in the town, so you’d better take everything you may need somewhere on your way here, for instance, in Port Lavaca.


The access to this spacious beach is very easy – you can just drive in and find a nice spot for your RV. There is plenty of space and the main advantage is that you don’t have to pay for your stay – it’s free of charge. The sand is hard-packed and there’s a lot of crushed shell in it, so it’s easy to drive on. That said, you’ll hardly enjoy walking barefooted, so make sure you don’t go out without footwear.

It should be noted that there’s a bridge with a maximum load limit of 10,000 lbs. Many rig drivers ignore this limitation; however, if you don’t want to risk paying a hefty fine or ruining your vehicle, it’s better to choose camping on your side of the bridge.

Campground facilities

The campsites are primitive, without hookups, but the beach area has maintained bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. There is hot water and the pressure is good. The toilet paper in the restrooms is re-stocked regularly; the facilities are cleaned weekly, but their condition is far from perfect anyway. Take your flip-flops if you want to have a shower.

If you need to restock drinking water, you’ll have to go to local campgrounds or Port Lavaca, since there is no drinking water here. It takes about 20 minutes to drive to Port Lavaca from Magnolia Beach, and you can replenish your other supplies there as well.

Scenery and relaxation

There are picturesque sunrises and sunsets on Magnolia Beach. The area is clean and spacious and a walk along the shore is going to be pleasant and relaxing. In some part of the beach, you’ll find a row of gazebos. There are enjoyable ocean breezes. You can make use of picnic tables and barbecue grills to cook some food and enjoy picnicking in the fresh air. All in all, Magnolia Beach is a great place to spend a couple of nights or even a week, sleeping to the sound of waves and waking up to see a boundless ocean right in front of you.

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Magnolia Beach videos

Boondocking at Magnolia Beach with Drone Fly Over
by Watts On Wheels
Free Camping at Magnolia Beach TX
by Drivin and Vibin

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Port Lavaca, Texas 24 Blackburn Ave, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Magnolia Beach reviews and photos
Photos and descriptions belong to their authors
Magnolia Beach photo by
March 21, 2019
Texas Day 6: Today was a day that won’t soon be forgotten. We drove down to Magnolia Beach to camp right on the beach with the rig. We’re literally about 20 feet from the water. I guess I’ll let the pics tell the tale 👍🏻
Magnolia Beach photo by queen_organophile
January 7, 2019
Good and happy morning world!
Magnolia Beach photo by Dawn Taylor
July 15, 2018
Dawn Taylor
Seeking the good.
Magnolia Beach photo by
January 20, 2019
Camp set up. Took the small tent, which is a little cramped, but I’m well positioned out of high tide. A short walk to rest rooms, nice folks next to me. Headlamp works. Hooray!
Magnolia Beach photo by Mitchell Janek
September 21, 2018
Mitchell Janek
Magnolia Beach photo by Amber @ StoryChasing
March 25, 2019
Amber @ StoryChasing
I always say the beach and ocean are one of my number one "happy places" - what's yours? Where do you feel most free? Most nourished? Most fulfilled? Most at peace?
Magnolia Beach photo by Chelsi Welch
August 4, 2018
Chelsi Welch
Magnolia Beach photo by Don
April 9, 2019
Good morning from the beach 🏖
Magnolia Beach photo by joѕιe ғerɢυѕoɴ
January 28, 2019
joѕιe ғerɢυѕoɴ
Can’t get over how beautiful this place is. And it’s all because of @garrettferguson1020 that I’m lucky enough to enjoy it 💕
Magnolia Beach photo by Don
April 7, 2019
Sunrises over the ocean seem backwards to me, but they are still beautiful 🌞
Magnolia Beach photo by Amanda Nicole Chase
December 27, 2018
Amanda Nicole Chase
Wishing I was at the beach!