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CARANCAHUA BAY. Carancahua Bay, named for the Karankawa Indians, who at one time inhabited its shores, is an inlet of Matagorda Bay in extreme northeastern Calhoun County (at 28°'40 N, 96°'24 W). It is bounded on the north by Jackson County, and the Calhoun-Jackson county line extends through the bay. The Calhoun County community of Port Alto is on the west shore of the bay. Carancahua, a Jackson County community, is on the east shore.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"CARANCAHUA BAY," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 24, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.