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Texas City Dike, Texas City

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The Texas City Dike is a levee located in Texas City, Texas, United States that projects nearly 5 miles (8.0 km) south-east into the mouth of Galveston Bay. It is flanked by the north-eastern tip of Galveston Island and the south-western tip of the Bolivar Peninsula. The dike, one of the area's most beloved and enduring landmarks, was originally designed to reduce the impact of sediment accumulation along the lower Bay.
The Bay itself connects the Houston Ship Channel, one of the nation's most important commercial waterways, and the Port of Houston with the Gulf of Mexico 35 nautical miles (65 km) distant. However, as Texas City expanded from its industrial roots to become a thriving residential community, the dike's purpose changed, and it became the city's best hope against a catastrophic incursion of water surging westward into the low-lying community from a hurricane landfall in the Bay. It was hoped that the dike, Texas City's primary defense against potential encroachment of water from Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, would lessen or even entirely deflect substantial damage to the city from such a potentially cataclysmic event.

The Texas City Dike juts out into Galveston Bay on the easternmost end of Texas City. The dike is parallel to and north of the 50-foot deep, 600-foot wide Texas City Channel, which allows shipping traffic to access the Port of Texas City. The dike's structure consists of a 28,200-foot-long (approximately 5.34 miles) pile dike paired with a rubble-mound dike that runs along the south edge of the pile dike (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2007). The Texas City Dike was built to protect the Texas City Channel from cross currents and excessive silting, although the channel must still be dredged frequently to prevent shoaling in the waterway.
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  • We just moved to Texas city and took our first drive to the dike . It’s huge ! Plenty of room to spread out and fish or enjoy the beach. Ships come through the channel to watch. There is a kite beach....  more »
  • It was a daily ritual for me and my boyfriend to take a ride down the TC Dike during the Covid 19 shutdown. We would watch all the fishermen with their catches on the ride to the end (5 miles...  more »
  • A wonderful place for relaxing in the sun or for a nice weekend fishing. Plenty of people catch nice reds out here on a daily basis. It has multiple boat ramps and even its own beach area.
  • Great place for fishing but went on labor day weekend and it was packed..Also charged $10 instead of$5 cause of holiday rate. Had to move 3 times because of headlights from others blinding us for hours at a time. Didn't catch much,more like feeding the fish but still had hours of fun

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