Offats Bayou Galveston is an estuary located on the east end of Galveston Island. It’s a great area for boating, fishing, and enjoying the beauty of the Galveston Bay area.
If you want to take your boat out to Offats Bayou Galveston, knowing where to launch is key. We recommend Waterman’s Marina. The location is beautifully set by the state parks, the restaurant offers great seafood (kind of pricy), and there’s a lovely little bar and grill below, the Outpost, just below the restaurant with affordable food, great drinks, and a super friendly staff (more on that later). Launch is only $10 (the ramp is fabulous), and there’s a little bait shop there and a place to gas up.
As soon as you leave the marina, you’ll see why we love the island so much. The sites, the structures, the houses, just everything is gorgeous.
Everyone embraces our beach culture and makes it their own. This is the beauty of living on Galveston Island…a bunch of unique individuals and families embracing the beauty that we’ve been blessed with…and I love it!
But for me, even more beautiful than the sites throughout Offats Bayou Galveston, are the sites and fun within our own boat. There’s fishing…which is always fun no matter whether we catch anything or not.
And the missing-tooth smiles that only swimming in the ocean can entice. For the record, yes, I know our waters aren’t the bluest on the planet (hello, Gulf of Mexico), but something about swimming in the great blue (sometimes green) sea, is the most incredible experience a child can have and I love everything about this because the bayou is a safe place for them to swim!
And there are always shiny, happy people to encounter on the bayou. Wether they be parked for a picnic…
Or tubing…everyone is always having fun and always has a smile on their face. Life is good like that here on the island.
And to me, the wild life is amazing. So powerful, so beautiful, so peaceful. The pelicans are my favorites.
The cranes are a close second, because they’re pretty darn cool too.
But my favorite part about boating on Offats Bayou, or anything on this island actually, is the sunset. We have the most beautiful skies, day and night, but there’s something magical about the shadows it casts on our skies, our people, and our hearts.