The Rockport Harbor Marina is located at 911 Navigation Circle in Rockport. It is considered a local iconic landmark in the Rockport, Texas area. When you travel to the Rockport, Texas waterfront, it can be seen filled with different kinds boats and bait shops. It is located across from the Texas Maritime Museum, and is within walking distance of historical downtown Rockport and the Rockport Beach Park. Both live aboard boats, as well as storage docks can be found at The Rockport Harbor Marina.
The Rockport Harbor is owned and managed by the Aransas County Navigation District. Here is the link if you would like information about housing a boat, to inquire about a live aboard docking facility. Their contact number and website is shown below.
Below you will find map directions to get to the Harbor.
In addition, If you would like to find out more about the Rockport Harbor below we will share some history about it.
History of the Rockport Harbor
In 1866, James Doughty and Richard H. Wood, were searching for a safe location to ship cattle. They built pens and a livestock-shipping wharf on a place known in those days as “Rocky Point”. Rocky Point was a prominent lime-stone protrusion that extended into Aransas Bay and was located near present day Wharf Street.
The Steam Ships arrived in Rockport
Other Wharves and pens soon followed. With so many cattle now available, regularly scheduled Morgan Line shallow draft steamboats arrived with merchandise for distribution inland. They would arrive and soon after departed with cattle and Packery products.
The Aransas Railroad Company
The arrival of the railroad in 1888 ignited a boom in Rockport. The event inspired local business-men to begin promoting and advertising a strategic harbor near the Gulf. They also pushed to deepen the harbor, as well as to create a deep water port. Even though they tried, their efforts ended when Corpus Christi opened its port in 1926.
The Shrimping Boom at the Rockport Harbor
In the early 1900’s, an abundant harvests of fish , oysters, and shrimp fueled a thriving seafood industry. By 1910 fish houses anchored the southwest side of Rockport harbor. Numerous fishing boats moored along the harbor wharves.
Rockport Marine Biology Laboratory
The Rockport Marine Laboratory begin in 1935 aboard the houseboat Vivian. In 1947, a prominent building was constructed on the southeast side of the harbor to house the Marine Lab and an aquarium.
Aransas County Navigation District
Established in 1925, The Aransas County Navigation District begin a program to improve the harbor. By 1940, a new break-water and a concrete piling and steel steel seawall created a small-craft safety basin which became Rockport’s famous “Fish Bowl” harbor.
Today Rockport Harbor is home to many shrimping boats, sailing boats and cruising yachts. In addition, the harbor is home to a few local bait shops and a guided birdwatching tour operation. It’s within walking distance of downtown shopping, the Texas Maritime Museum, Aransas Bay educations center, and Rockport Beach Park.
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