Location of Port Mansfield, Texas
|Coordinates: 26°33′20″N 97°25′52″W|
Port Mansfield is a census-designated place (CDP) in Willacy County,Texas, United States. The population was 415 at the 2000 census.
Port Mansfield is located at (26.555453, -97.431051).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 km²), of which, 5.2 square miles (13.5 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km²) of it (8.76%) is water. A navigational channel connects Port Mansfield to the Intracoastal Waterway, and to theGulf of Mexico, cutting through Padre Island via the Port Mansfield Channel.
The cut through South Padre Island has shoaled considerably and as of early 2008, only shallow draft boats could safely enter at the Mansfield cut. The channel was dredged in the winter months of 2009-2010 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers using Federal relief money following Hurricanes Rita and Dolly. The channel is now 16–20 feet deep with all the dredge tailings making a spectacular beach on the north side of the jetty.
Port Mansfield is served by the San Perlita Independent School District.
In addition, South Texas Independent School District operates magnet schools that serve the community.