Cedar Bayou is a salt water channel on the Texas coast that separates San Jose Island from Matagorda Island. The pass serves as a water exchange between the Gulf of Mexico and the San Antonio, Matagorda and Aransas Bay systems.


Cedar Bayou was first closed in 1979 to protect Mesquite Bay from an oil spill in the Gulf. Hurricane Allen partially reopened the pass in 1980, and it was fully opened by dredging in 1988.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Leatherwood, Art (February 22, 2010). "Matagorda Island". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ The pass subsequently silted in during the mid '90s. A current surge in interest in reopening the pass is proposing dredging to begin in April 2014, with an estimated project cost of $8.3 million.

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Coordinates: 28°04′N 96°51′W / 28.067°N 96.850°W / 28.067; -96.850