Originally Posted by Dan_78
Not to hijack the thread but related to the original question.
I'm considering a move to Houston/Galveston area when I retire. I wanted to know if it's possible to anchor
out in Clearlake or in the bay for liveaboard
and use a dinghy
to commute for food
shopping or other local traveling? I haven't seen any info on moorings and wanted to know if anchoring
was permitted in the area.
There are a couple of smaller sailboats anchored there right now. If you have a deep draft, there are a lot of places to run aground, (soft mud).
I wouldn't anchor in Galveston Bay, too unprotected, There is the remains of redfish island, but depending on the wind
thats no good either.
Clear lake is surrounded by high rise condos, that break the wind, but if a strong north wind comes all the water can drain out, I have seen my boat resting in the mud. Every once in a while a sailboat will get it's keel
so stuck in the mud it will not refloat when the water comes back. (rare).
Industrialization and factory farms have turned the lake to mud and algea. Not so clear anymore.
There was a number of waterside resteraunts, and marinas, they were hard hit by the hurricanes recently, but are slowly making a comeback.
There are several active boating clubs that plan events
year around. We have about a 10 month boating season, with late December through January, and Late July through August being the months most people avoid staying out on the water.
I stayed at Harborwalk, they are currently in Bankruptcy, but are being managed by the Bank. It is a nice new marina with easy access to ICW, and GOM. And Moody Gardens in Offats Bayou is an easy 15 min boat ride down the ICW.
The only warning I would add to the above Offats Bayou directions are, Use the cut closest to the bridge, as the other one is shoaled, also when following the red Buoys into the Bayou the center line to the bulkhead is the deeper water, the buoys are in shallow water, (2-4ft), and after passing the "last buoy", ...wait don't turn to the center, keep going straight along the channel, after a minute you will see one more Red Buoy, hard to see and seperate from the others, stay away! that buoy is aground on a shoal. Once you get past it, you will see a clear path straight to Moody Gardens pier. Everything past this part is deep water, see chart.
(Every year that last buoy catches a few unwary boaters, it has almost caught me more than once, and I know it's there.)