Walter Umphrey State Park

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Walter Umphrey State Park

Texas

(409) 736-2851

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Overview

Walter Umphrey State Park is maintained by Jefferson County. Walter Umphrey, Beaumont lawyer and member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (at the time), purchased land on Mesquite Point and donated it to Jefferson County for use as a park. It was later designated as a state park.

Port Arthur's Pleasure Island, an 18.5 mile long man-made body of land, extends from the mouth of the Neches River on the northwest to the Sabine Causeway on the southeast and is surrounded by Sabine Lake and the Sabine Neches Intracoastal Waterway.

Pleasure Island is a place of beauty. Its hills, bluffs, and vistas of Sabine Lake are a delight and pleasure to those who visit. Pleasure Island is where the fun begins!

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Latitude, Longitude: 29.865880, -93.926668

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a boat dock available to visitors.

  • Camping

    Tent camping is permitted in certain areas on Pleasure Island. Among those are the area west of T. B. Ellison along the Sabine Neches Waterway, within the Pleasure Island RV Park, and within Umphrey State Park.

    A small fee is charged for tent camping within the Pleasure Island RV Park.

  • Fishing

    A lighted fishing pier is available to visitors. Sabine Lake, about 14 miles long and 7 miles wide with an average depth of 5 to 8 feet, is the most productive marine ecosystem in the states of Texas and Louisiana. It is a fisherman's paradise for speckled trout, redfish, and flounder.

    Public boat ramps are available at several locations on Pleasure Island. Fishing is allowed from most of the island coastline. Numerous guide services are available for fishing excursions.

  • Picnicking

    Please enjoying a meal in the scenic park. Be considerate of local wildlife and other visitors; do not litter.

  • RVing

    Tent camping is permitted in certain areas on Pleasure Island. Among those are the area west of T. B. Ellison along the Sabine Neches Waterway, within the Pleasure Island RV Park, and within Umphrey State Park.

    A small fee is charged for tent camping within the Pleasure Island RV Park.

Directions

Driving

DIRECTIONS BY LAND From Houston - E on I-10; E on Hwy 73; S on Hwy 82 across MLK Bridge to Pleasure Island From Orange - W on 73; S on Hwy 82 across MLK Bridge to Pleasure Island From Beaumont - S on 69; W on 73; S on Hwy 82 across MLK Bridge to Pleasure Island

DIRECTIONS BY WATER

Pleasure Island is surrounded by Sabine Lake on the east and the Sabine Neches Waterway (Intracoastal Canal) on the west and south. The marina area is only accessible from Sabine Lake. Consult current charts for details. Entrance to Sabine Lake from the north is via the Thousand Foot Cut off the Sabine Neches Waterway; entrance from the south is via the Louisiana Causeway Bridge (monitoring Channel 13 and open from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m.).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(409) 736-2851

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