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Sea Rim State Park is a state park in southeast Texasmarker.The park is located on the Gulf of Mexicomarker in southern Jefferson Countymarker, south of Port Arthurmarker and just west of Sabine Pass. The park is currently closed indefinitely due to hurricane damage.

Description

The D. Roy Harrington Beach unit is the coastal portion of the park, offering beach access between the Gulf of Mexico and the mainland marshes. Swimming in the marshes is not permitted due to the presence of alligators.

The Marshlands unit is located in the inland marshes of southern Jefferson County, and is only accessible by boat. Many species of migratory birds stop in or pass through the park, and the Marshlands unit provides observation blinds for bird watchers.

Three nearby national wildlife refuges on the Texas coast - Brazoria N.W.R., San Bernard and Big Boggy - form a vital complex of coastal wetlands harboring more than 300 bird species.

History

The park land was purchased from the Planet Oil and Mineral Corporation and Horizon Sales Corporation in 1972, and opened in 1977.

The portion of Texas State Highway 87 extending through Sea Rim to High Islandmarker is closed, having been destroyed in 1989 by Hurricane Jerry. Previous storms had eroded the beach, leaving the highway vulnerable to storm-generated surf.

In September 2005, Hurricane Rita did extensive damage to Sea Rim State Park, forcing its closure. Hurricane Ike caused further damage in 2008, and the park remains closed. Whether or not the park will ever reopen is under consideration by Texas Parks and Wildlife officials.

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