Officially re-opened as a brand-new facility, the Pleasure Island Marina at Port Arthur, Texas, is one of the last “major” marinas off the ICW before boats heading east enter Louisiana waters. Hurricane Ike hit this area hard and all but destroyed the facility, but it is now better than ever with floating docks and space for 300 boats. The western border of the property is on the ICW, and although not having an entrance from the waterway might discourage some transient vessels, they are welcome and can be docked in any unrented slips. Entering or leaving Sabine Lake from the Gulf involves a trip through the Sabine Pass jetties.
The marina itself can only be accessed by water from Sabine Lake, which means via the Thousand Foot Cut on the north from the Sabine Neches Waterway (ICW), or under the Louisiana Causeway Bridge on the south (VHF channel 13). Contact the marina (409-982-4675) before entering for the first time as the channels may not be well marked. The Martin Luther King Bridge is 130 feet above the water at its highest point, and connects the island with the city of Port Arthur proper, while the Louisiana Causeway leads to that fair state.