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Old 08-11-2016, 11:34 AM   #1
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ATV on Beach

Would anyone happen to know if itís legal to ride a 4wheeler on the beach like between Surfside and St Luis pass? I thought it was illegal, but Iíve read somewhere it is/was legal at Crystal beach starting sometimes around 2011, but Iím not sure.

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http://www.co.galveston.tx.us/sherif...ol/atv_faq.asp
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:52 AM   #2
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Only legal on bolivar peninsula.
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:56 PM   #3
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Legal but you need a parking permit which goes for ten bucks. I have one for my kids quad and the jeep, still haven't brought the quad down. the link below explains where you can purchase the sticker and where it is to be displayed etc.

http://www.crystalbeach.com/BeachSticker/parkingCB.htm
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What about matagorda?
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Old 08-11-2016, 01:02 PM   #5
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I never knew you needed a beach parking permit. Friend of mine has a house down there and we've never had one on any vehicles, atvs, or golf carts on that beach. We've never been harassed about it. We got stopped last summer because he was a passenger on the golf cart and had an open container. They didn't mention it then either. I wonder if there are certain sections you don't need them for.
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I see a bunch of ATV's and dirtbikes mobbing up Quintana beach everytime I'm there
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I always see ATV's and dirt bikes on the dunes at St. Louis Pass.
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Almost got stuck in my gf's tahoe right there
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I always see ATV's and dirt bikes on the dunes at St. Louis Pass.
Really? I thought that if you got caught on the dunes they immediately chopped of your winky, then gave you a ticket and a harsh fine.

Is there really some way to legally ride the dunes?
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I never knew you needed a beach parking permit. Friend of mine has a house down there and we've never had one on any vehicles, atvs, or golf carts on that beach. We've never been harassed about it. We got stopped last summer because he was a passenger on the golf cart and had an open container. They didn't mention it then either. I wonder if there are certain sections you don't need them for.
I guess if you keep cruising and don't stop you are good to go?
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Almost got stuck in my gf's tahoe right there
The sand out there is so unpredictable. I've always had luck with putting it in tow mode and switching it into 1st gear. I avoid soft patches and mud at all cost out there... I've even got out of my truck and walked the areas that looked sketchy before driving through it.

I also invested in a good 25' Bubba rope and shackles in all sizes. I've help many get unstuck out there, even some big jacked up trucks a few times.

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Really? I thought that if you got caught on the dunes they immediately chopped of your winky, then gave you a ticket and a harsh fine.

Is there really some way to legally ride the dunes?
I fish the bay side (before the toll) a lot. And every time I'm out there I hear dirt bikes and banshees ripping it up. They 'may' be different people and are getting caught, but I never witnessed them being pulled over. I see them out there a lot and hear them. Illegal or not, they are out there riding quite often.
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Is that what you call it?
Wish I could get stuck in my gf's tahoe. She just squeaks a lot. Do tahoes squeak too?
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I'm always out at San luis and I always see ATV's, UTV's, and dirtbikes. I always thought riding the dunes was illegal too but I've seen trucks and jeeps do it right in front of cops and they say nothing. I was always weary of riding them in my jeep but i do it all the time now.
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Oh and to the guy that asked about Matagorda, it's illegal in Sargent too. My parents have a beach house and I got caught on the dirt bike two weeks ago. I was however on the road because of high tide. Cop told me it was illegal on the beach as well. But there's like one cop and he won't even get on the beach. So you can get away with it in Sargent.
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Sec. 63.093. PROHIBITED OPERATION OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES. No person may operate a recreational vehicle on a sand dune seaward of the dune protection line in any county in which a dune protection line has been established.

Sec. 63.011. ESTABLISHING DUNE PROTECTION LINE. (a) After notice and hearing, the commissioners court of each county that has within its boundaries mainland shoreline, a barrier island, or a peninsula located on the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico shall establish a dune protection line on any such shoreline, island, or peninsula within its boundaries for the purpose of preserving sand dunes.

Sec. 63.012. LOCATION OF DUNE PROTECTION LINE. The dune protection line shall not be located further landward than a line drawn parallel to and 1,000 feet landward of the line of mean high tide of the Gulf of Mexico.

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I ride my quad there everytime I go. Like others have said, it is illegal to ride on the dunes. Also when on the beach, driving by all everyone parked at the water, it is an actual "highway" last I checked. So you do have to watch your speeds. Just like normal laws, you drink and ride, you go to jail. It honestly isn't really worth bringing a quad to the beach. Too many people and opportunities for accidents to happen.
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I've always understood it has to be a street legal vehicle there.
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I have never had a problem with officers. But I also go during the winter with my wife and another couple. We bring our quads and set up tents. Nobody is really out there then and we ride wherever we want.
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