There are boatyards and a municipal marina in the Port Aransas basin. Lifts can handle craft up to 50 feet for general repairs or storage. Open and covered berths with electricity, gasoline, diesel fuel, water, ice, marine supplies, provisions, pumpout and launching ramps are available. A 1,200-foot fishing pier extends into the Gulf about 0.5 mile S of Aransas Pass. An automobile ferry operates between Port Aransas and Harbor Island. Port Aransas Coast Guard Station is at the NE end of Mustang Island at E end of Corpus Christi Channel.
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Aransas Pass, 154 miles SW of Galveston Entrance and 113 miles N of the mouth of the Rio Grande, is the principal approach from the Gulf to Aransas and Corpus Christi Bays and their tributaries. The pass lies between San Jose Island on the N and Mustang Island on the S. Harbor Island, directly opposite the inner end of the pass, separates Aransas Bay from Corpus Christi Bay.
Two jetties extend into the Gulf from San Jose and Mustang Island. Several submerged wrecks lie to the S of the channel inside the jetties.
The approach to Aransas Pass is marked by a lighted buoy, 5.5 miles offshore, and a lighted buoy 1.5 miles off the N jetty. The entrance channel is marked by a lighted buoy at the submerged outer end of each jetty, a 301° lighted range, lighted buoys, and lights.
A Federal project provides for an outer bar channel, 47 to 45 feet deep; a jetty channel, 45 feet deep; and an inner basin at Harbor Island with a depth of 45 feet.
Port Aransas is a small commercial fishing and resort town on the N end of Mustang Island at the inner end of Aransas Pass. A marked dredged channel leads to a turning basin inside the pass.