Port Lavaca is a city in Calhoun County, Texas. The population was 12,248 at the 2010 census. The county had a 3.6% growth which brought the county population to 21,381. It is the county seat ofCalhoun County. It is a part of the Victoria, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Port Lavaca is approximately 125 miles from Houston, Texas via US-59 N and I-69.
|Nickname(s): Port of the Cow, Paradise on the Bay|
Location of Port Lavaca, Texas
|Coordinates: 28°36′56″N 96°37′47″W|
Port Lavaca is located at (28.615635, -96.629741). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.6 square miles (35 km2), of which 9.8 square miles (25 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (28.23%) is water.
An important economic hub is the Port of Port Lavaca. The city is also centrally located between several large manufacturing facilities including Alcoa, Formosa Plastics, and DuPont where many Port Lavaca residents work. Fishing is also an important part of the local economy, particularly shrimp and oysters. Tourism makes up a small portion of the Port Lavaca economy as well. "Winter Texans" from colder states and Canada stay in the city's many RV and Camping parks between October and April.
Locally caught seafood can be found in some of the city's 'local' restaurants.
In 2006, two new fishing piers with lit for night fishermen were constructed in Port Lavaca and one at the 6 Mile Park. This pier is located at the eastern end of Main St. in the vicinity of the Nautical Landings Marina. The second pier, Lighthouse Pier, is located on Hwy 35 at Lavaca Bay. The 6 Mile pier (and boat ramp) is located northwest on FM 1090 about six miles from the intersection of Hwy 35 and FM 1090 (Virginia St.) Common game fish caught in the area include Redfish, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Drum.
Lighthouse Beach at the intersection of Hwy 35 and Lavaca Bay has covered picnic tables, swimming, and a bird watching trail.