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ANCHORAGES/MARINAS ALONG THE ICW

Here is a list of the marinas or anchorages that we stayed at along the way:

  • St. Christopher's Haven, Port O'Connor, approx ICW Mile 474:  Did a quick overnight here.  It is conveniently located right on the ICW.  Unfortunately that means it's a very bumpy place to stay as there are many fishing boats racing to get out and catch those fish.  We docked along the bulkhead and they have tires out so be careful not to scrape or you'll never get that stuff off your boat!  Our cost for an overnight w/o electricity was $31 in 2004. 
  • San Bernard River, ICW Mile 405:  Anchored and it was lovely.  No traffic or other boats.  However, there were mosquitoes.
  • Port-a-fino, Houston, Texas.
  • Stingaree Marina just west of Mile 335.  Great place for a quick stop.  The restaurant and Stingaritas are suppose to be great.  The restaurant was closed so we didn't get to sample them.
  • Taylor Bayou, ICW Marker 280.4.  Lots of mosquitoes with a very muddy, nasty, oily bottom.  But that's probably what you'll get anywhere around here.   
  • Sabine Yacht Basin, enter via Adams Bayou, approx ICW Mile 278:  marina no longer has fuel.  Very narrow entry in (no turning around room.  We road out bad weather here.  Nice shower facilities, restaurant & bar.
  • Bayou Lacassine, ICW Mile 205.  It was really windy when we stayed here, but on a calm night would probably be a very nice anchorage.
  • Bayou Petit Anse, Mile 146.5.  Don't anchor here, barges come thru.
  • Avery Channel, Mile 146.5.  Very nice and quiet anchorage.
  • Morgan City, LA, appox Mile 94.  Very loud & rolly.  Lots of train & car traffic on bridges nearby.  Wake from tows.  Dockage is against concrete pilings.  $20 per night in 2004.
  • Houma, LA, Mile 60.  A delightful town with very friendly people.  Marina is fairly new (really just a long concrete bulkhead.  
  • Laffite Harbor Marina.  We've stayed at better.  Our slip was right beside the boat ramp so we had traffic all night.  You can buy a stale loaf of bread at the store if you need one.
  • New Orleans Municipal Marina.  A fantastic marina.  Great facilities semi-close to the bus stop.  $9.00 a day.  Can't beat it!
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CHARTS & GUIDES WE FOUND HELPFUL

  • Campbell's Guide to Cruising Texas
  • Texas Louisiana Coastal Cruising Guide
  • 11314 TX: Carlos Bay to Redfish Bay
  • 11315 TX: Espiritu Santo Bay to Carlos Bay
  • 11319 TX:  Cedar Lakes to Espiritu Santo Bay
  • 11322 TX: Galveston Bay to Cedar Lakes
  • 11331 TX:  Ellender to Galveston Bay
  • 11348 LA:  Forked Island to Ellender
  • 11350 LA:  Wax Lake Outlet to Forked Island
  • 11355 LA:  Catahoula Bay to Wax Lake Outlet
  • New Orleans to Panama City, FL Maptech Chart Kit
  • Florida West Coast and the Keys Maptech Chart Kit

PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS

Our Home.  We love Port Aransas and will retire there when we get thru wandering the world.  If you ever get the chance to visit, go...it's the best port in all of Texas.  You can anchor in the Lydia Ann Channel or go to the City Marina or Island Moorings (Island Moorings channel was closed for years, but has now been reopened).  Highlights for visitors of Port A are:  great sailing, fishing, beautiful beaches, bird watching, kayaking, electric cars, great musical performances & lots more.

The Lydia Ann Lighthouse is a privately owned lighthouse.  Lighthouse keepers Rick and Regina are great people so look them up if you want to know what's going on in town or anything about the music scene. 

Some of the best Texas music is recorded in Port Aransas at Third Coast Studio.  They often have performances in the studio that you can go see.  We've seen some great performances there.  Our favorite performer, Larry Joe Taylor is often playing in town so be sure to look him up.

Of course, you must stop and have a beer at the Back Porch Bar and at Shorty's. 

Here's a link to the Chamber of Commerce.  I could go on and on about Port A.  Email me if you have more questions.

Take a photo tour of the ICW:  Heart of Gold's ICW Adventure 

Houston, Texas:  Port-o-Fino Marina

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