Carancahua Bayou

Galveston County, Texas.

Carancahua Bayou midpoint in Hitchcock, Texas.

Carancahua Bayou ends in Galveston, Texas.

8.82 miles long (14.20 kilometers)

54977.91 miles (88478.39 sq kilometers)

About The Carancahua Bayou

About Carancahua Bayou, TX 

The Carancahua Bayou is a stream found near Galveston. You will find it to the southeast of the Sarah White Oilfield and Brazoria county line. The stream currently flows six and a half miles through the nearby Carancahua Lake, and two miles northeast of the Brazoria county line. You'll find its mouth pointing towards West Bay. The stream also has three alternate names, these include Karankawa Bayou, Carankaway Bayou, and Caranchua Bayou. 

The bayou's name comes from the native ‘Karankawa’ Indians who first lived on the surrounding lands. They used the nearby bodies of water as fishing spots for their various expeditions. Their first recorded interaction with outsiders occurred when Texas Spanish Royal Governor, Martín de Alarcón, was spotted by two natives during his tour. Although they were initially frightened, the Spanish official soon returned with peace offerings to help improve relations. The Governor brought clothes and tobacco to share with the natives. To thank him for his generosity, they offered dried fish and directed him towards an old French fort to help him start a colony. 

The stream connects to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, a massive inland waterway that runs from Florida to Texas, at around 1,050 miles. It’s an impressive feat for something made during the early 19th century.