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Matagorda Bay Nature Park

When you book an RV in Matagorda County, TX, and are wondering where to set up base camp in your RV rental, a beautiful setting to consider is the Matagorda Bay Nature Park. Found at the mouth of the Colorado River on the Matagorda Bay Peninsula, this park and preserve features approximately 1,600 acres that provide natural beauty and recreational activities. Plan your next motorhome camping trip here to explore several miles of river frontage, Gulf of Mexico beachfront, as well as hundreds of acres of coastal dunes and marshes.Whether you plan to pitch a tent or park overnight in a rental RV, you’ll find the Matagorda Bay Nature Park accommodates all kinds of campers. There are full water, electric, and sewer hookups with 30 and 50 amps available. Choose between the scenic waterfront and pull-through campsites. The facility also features several Airstream campers with heat, A/C, a restroom, shower, kitchen, and grill. This park is also pet-friendly, so don’t forget to bring Fido along on your vacation getaway.The RV park amenities include flush restrooms with showers, an RV dump station, and a laundry facility with washers and dryers. Matagorda Bay Nature Park campers have access to a 24-hour bulk ice machine as well as a gift shop where guests will be able to stock up on snacks, souvenirs, and last-minute camping supplies. Should you need any assistance during your stay, simply pop over to the on-site RV park office, plus you won’t be far from services in nearby towns.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

After you set up your campsite at Matagorda Bay Nature Park, spend a day or two enjoying some river rafting, or book a wetland kayak tour. You’ll find public access to the Colorado River by the shoreline and three fishing piers. Boating enthusiasts will have access to several ramps. No problem if you are not planning to bring your own watercraft; visitors can rent recreation equipment right at the park, such as kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, beach chairs, and beach wagons.Wildlife-viewing is another favorite pastime in this vibrant environment. Definitely pack binoculars and cameras in your travel trailer, as this area is considered to be one of the best birding viewing areas in the nation. When you camp in an RV at Matagorda Bay Nature Park, make sure to keep an eye out for the diverse bird species that inhabit the wetland paddling and coastal marshes, as well as many other creatures that inhabit the area.There are myriad ways to enjoy the fresh air while you are camping at Matagorda Bay Nature Park. If you’re an angler, make sure to pack a rod and reel, and take your pick from river or saltwater fishing. There’s even a fishing cleaning station here. Another fun option is taking a horseback ride on the equestrian trails, or you can consider booking a beach excursion with a local tour company.A wonderful way to unwind and stretch your legs on a road trip here is by beachcombing for seashells on the miles of Gulf of Mexico beachfront, which are easily accessible from the Matagorda Bay Nature Park. After a day of adventuring, kick back in your campervan and enjoy a Texas BBQ at the park’s picnic tables.

Exploring the Area

You won’t need to travel far to come across a variety of entertainment, such as playing a round of golf at the Matagorda Bay Mini Golf course. The park also features a nature center, which is worth a visit before you hit the road to explore the region. The natural science center includes an area for workshops and natural science education programs. It also features the Redfish Hall. This rental facility is available for up to 100 people, so this is a great place to camp and host events with a large group.When hunger strikes, discover the range of bars and grills, waterfront views, seafood, and more at the Matagorda harbor. The harbor is also a good spot to go for everything from fishing supplies to fuel. More shopping opportunities are close by the Matagorda Bay Nature Park, including general stores and tourist boutiques.Matagorda is currently the third oldest town in Texas, and the county features hundreds of historical sites, so this is a fantastic area to experience unique attractions from days-gone-past. Drive around Matagorda in your RV rental to view buildings over 100 years old, including the oldest house in the county, which dates back to 1832. Swing by the Matagorda County Museum to browse artifacts and exhibits of the renowned excavation of explorer La Salle's ship, La Belle. More on this famous shipwreck can be found at the Palacios Area Museum in the nearby town of Palacios.


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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.