Matagorda County is home to almost 55 miles of the Gulf of Mexico's shoreline. Twenty miles of beach is accessible by automobile at the mouth of the Colorado. The remaining thirty-five miles is accessible only by boat, making it an unblemished paradise isolated from much of the public. Matagorda beaches are a beachcomber's dream come true. Beyond the customary seashells, there are a variety of treasures to be found, from driftwood, to bottles, to sand dollars, to old Spanish coins, to petrified bones and fossilized teeth. One local resident found three teeth identified to be those of the wooly mammoth from over twenty million years ago. People wishing to drive on the beach can take the beach access road three-quarters of a mile north of Jetty Park for direct access to twenty miles of beach open to vehicle traffic. Overnight camping is welcomed. A beach permit is required to drive a vehicle on the beach and glass containers are not permitted. The fee is $10.00 annually and can be purchased at the beach entrance or from most local merchants. Permit fees are used for beach maintenance. Also, individual volunteers and groups are always welcome in April and September to participate in the Adopt-a-Beach cleanup program sponsored by the Texas General Land Office and local organizations. Prizes are always awarded. Information on how you can help can be found at www.texasadoptabeach.org.