If you want to relax in the sun, have a picnic, fish, surf or swim Sargent Beach is the place for you. For your picnic, there are four shelters that have a picnic table, so get there early to secure your shelter. Seashells are abundant along the shores. Fisherman just love to fish Sargent Beach. Sargent Beach is one of the few places near Houston where the blue water will sometimes kiss the shores. The beach is usually left in the natural state, you will find a lot of seashells, driftwood among other things washed up on the shores.
If you like a little place of your own on the beach, you can probably find a spot that isn't crowded. The beach runs the length of the whole island. If you plan on leaving the road and venturing off onto the sand it would be a good idea to have a 4 wheel drive, as cars tend to get stuck in the sand.
Dredging of the Intracoastal Waterway has had a small impact on the beach. Area's where the material have been deposited make some of the beach area a little higher than the rest of the beach. This area tends to be muddy and full of seashells.
Across from the boat ramp for the Intracoastal waterway, you will find an area of the beach that is clay. Beach erosion has made this area a drop off. Resulting in an area may the waves come crashing to the shore. You will usually find fisherman in this area of the beach.
2013 Sargent Beach Nourishment Project
Sargent Beach is a critically eroding beach with long-term shoreline change rates in excess of 24 feet/year of retreat.
The current Sargent Beach Nourishment project will place approximately 80,000 cubic yards of sand on an approximately one-half mile length of beach starting at FM 457 and extending eastward. Due to the high rate of erosion, the sand may last from one to two years after construction and less if the beach is impacted by a tropical storm.
In the 1960's there were several rows of houses which have now been destroyed by the erosion. The soil under all the sand is clay, which can contribute to the erosion.