Gulf Coast
2010 Census - 1,253
2000 Census - 1,078
Port O'Connor, Texas
Port O'Connor Texas History:
The town was platted on Matagorda Bay in the late 1800s as a fishing settlement of Alligator Head. It grew quickly, and by 1912 had adopted the name of Port O'Connor. Located on Espiritu Santo Bay between Corpus Christi and Galveston, the primary industries are sport fishing and tourism, with shrimping running a close second. The area is renowned for bay, off-shore and wade fishing; common species include redfish, trout, and flounder. The area also draws a large hunting crowd during duck, geese, and alligator seasons. Matagorda Island operated by the TPWD and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a WMA. The island features an 1800s era lighthouse (National Register of Historic Places), and is popular for birdwatchers, fisherman, and hunters during the TPWD scheduled hunts. In 1686 La Salle’s ship, the La Belle, sank in Matagorda Bay; the shipwreck was discovered in 1995. Port O’Connor is located on SH 185, 6 miles southeast of Indianola, 9 miles southeast of Magnolia Beach, 23 miles southeast of Port Lavaca, and 48 miles southeast of Victoria, Texas. 
Historic Andrew A. Rasmussen (1858-1933):
“A native of Denmark, Andrew came to the U.S. at the age of 13 and began a maritime career that lasted 60 years. Following the shipwreck of his schooner, the “Dorio and Doria,” in 1885, he joined Calhoun County’s Saluria Life Saving Service, which had rescued his crew. By 1889, he was placed in charge of the (lighthouse) station, which later became part of the U.S. coast Guard. The marker is located at Main and 15th Streets.”
Matagorda Island Lighthouse, 1852:
The 1852 lighthouse is located on the north end of the island. It was built to serve as a beacon for ships passing through Pass Cavallo to the Port of Indianola on Matagorda Bay, which at that time was the 2nd busiest port in Texas. The iron sections for the 55 foot lighthouse were cast by the Baltimore firm of Murray and Hazlehurst. A wooden light keeper’s cottage was built nearby for the first light keeper, James Cumming. The reflecting lamps in the tower’s lantern room were first lit on December 21, 1852.
Calhoun County Library Port O'Connor Branch:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon & Tue, 9am-1pm & 2pm-6pm; Wed, 12pm-6pm; Thu, 12pm-5pm; Sat, 9am-1pm. (361) 983-4365. 101 South 6th Street. 
Fishing Tournaments:
The area hosts many fishing tournaments. The Port O' Connor Offshore Tournament (POOT) is headquartered at The Fishing Center. The Pescado Grande Tournament is held in June. There are several tournaments in July.
Annual Happy Hookers Charity Fishing Tournament, April:
Activities include a raffle and an auction. Tournament headquarters are located at the Port O’Connor Community Center Pavilion on SH 185. (713) 898-3035. Email
Annual Pescado Grande Off-Shore Fishing Tournament, June:
This Friday and Saturday tournament is hosted at the Port O’Connor Community Center Pavilion on SH 185. Off shore and bay fishing begins at 4:30am. Fish categories include king fish, ling, speckled trout, redfish, redfish stinger and speckled trout stinger. Dinners are held on Friday and Saturday nights. (361) 676-6013. All proceeds benefit the Harbor Advocacy Center 
Annual Poco Bueno Fishing Tournament:
Categories include offshore and inshore. Email 
Annual 4th of July Fireworks:
This free event takes place around dusk at the King Fisher Front Beach Park. (361) 983-2898.
Annual 5K Run and Kid's Dolphin Run, 1st Saturday in Oct:
Post-race events include food, drinks, live music and shopping. Late registration is held between 7am and 8am. Proceeds benefit the Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce. This event is held at King Fisher Beach Pavilion at SH 185 and Park Street. (361) 983-2898.  
Annual Lighted Boat Parade, First Saturday in Dec:
The parade begins at 6:30pm. It takes place on the Port O’Connor Intracoastal Waterway between Larry’s Harbor and the El Mexicano Restaurant (formerly Clark’s Restaurant). (361) 983-2898.
Cathy’s Restaurant:
They serve very good fresh seafood. (361) 983-2880. 2581 W. Adams Avenue. Reviews
Marty's Landing Fishing Supplies & Mama's Kitchen:
Amenities include a tackle shop, a fishing guide service, video rentals, and Mama’s Kitchen. (361) 983-3474. 31 North Byer Road. Email   Reviews
Art’s Barbeque:
(361) 983-4394. 2586 West Adams Avenue. Reviews