Carl Park, Palacios, TX

Carl Park

County of Matagorda, TX

Free Camping on Matagorda Bay, TX

This county park is located on the Tres Palacios River, below the FM 521 bridge, about two miles north of where it empties into Tres Palacios Bay and the greater Matagorda Bay. The park was set up for fishermen and boaters, and include a boat ramp and a fishing pier.


Carl Park

County of Matagorda, TX

Matagorda County Precinct #3

Tel: (361) 972-2719


GPS: 28.7864, -96.1505

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max Stay: Three days

Amenities: Picnic tables, trash cans, cooking grills, boat ramp, fishing pier

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Carl Park

While there are no signs addressing camping, it remains a popular place for RVs and tent campers to spend a few days. We’re told by others that there is a maximum three (3) day limit. There are no campsites, just picnic tables and a large dirt lot. It’s large enough for full-sized RVs to make an easy turn-around.

The nearby Tres Palacios RV Park offers laundry facilities if you need them. We’re not sure if they will allow you to dump your tanks and refill your water for a fee, but you could ask.

In our experience, the park seems to be in “decent” shape. It’s not that crowded here, just local fishermen for the most part. At night it tends to be quiet.

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