Region 8: Texas/ Louisiana

The map below shows some of the interesting towns along the route River Cities will cruise. Click on any of the towns listed or shown on the map to see what this part of the river has to offer.

[Ohio River Map] Houston galveston Lake Charles Corpus Christi Port Isabel Brownsville

Lake Charles, LA

Lake Charles is a deep water port that has access to the Gulf of Mexico via a 30 mile long ship canal. It's a heavy industry town that also depends upon the fisheries industries. Lake Charles has four riverboat casinos.


Brownsville is the southernmost point of the Intracoastal Waterway in Texas. Most likely, River Cities will not cruise to Brownsville, but will stop just short in Port Isabel, Texas. Surprising to most people, Brownsville is a deep water port and accessible for large ocean-going ships. It is best known as a major border crossing with Mexico.

Corpus Christi

The mild climate, beaches, and sport fishing make Corpus Christi a popular tourist town. Located adjacent to Padre Island, Corpus Christi is a wonderful blend of city and the natural beauty of long sandy beaches. The area is host to a number of museums and restored homes and a beautiful botanical garden.


Galveston was once the largest port in Texas. It has since been overshadowed by Houston. Galveston is situated on an island and connected to the mainland via long causeways. With miles of beaches and many historic ships, Galveston is a fun place to visit.


Considered a world class city, Houston is the 4th largest city, 2nd busiest port in the nation. Houston is accessible to River Cities via the Houston Ship Canal that is connected to the Intracoastal Waterway and Galveston Bay.

Houston has several museums, a zoo, the Space Center Museum, theatre, opera and innumerable other attractions. The hardest part of visiting Houston will be our departure.

Port Isabel

Port Isabel is a sleepy little fishing town that once housed a large shrimp fishing fleet. Today all that remains are a few active fishermen. The price of diesel fuel and the competition from Asian shrimp farmers have made the once lucrative shrimp business a losing proposition.

The town is on the mainland side of the causeway to South Padre Island and is adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. It is an “up and coming” town that is increasing catering to tourists.

Across the causeway, South Padre Island is home to 2,400 people, but its population grows significantly in the winter to accommodate the sunbirds and tourists. South Padre Island has a significant business district and is quite active during the winter tourist season.

More Destination Regions

This River City will cruise continuously and make stops at places the community would like to visit. The map below shows the 6,600 miles of navigable waterways in the US and some of the most prominent cities along the way. Click on this map to see more detailed maps and listings of cites in the different regions.

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Major rivers that River Cities will cruise: Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, Red River, Black Warrior, St. Croix, Cumberland, Arkansas and Atchafalaya. Plus the Tombigbee Waterway and the Intracoastal Waterway from Brownsville, Texas east to Carrabelle, Florida.

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