Mitchell's Cut is an un-jettied dredged pass that is a continuation of Caney Creek crossing the Intracoastal Waterway and out to the Gulf of Mexico giving boats access to the Gulf Coast. Mitchell's cut is the only access to the Gulf from Freeport to Matagorda. It was dredged in 1989 to provide flood relief. Since opening it was last dredged in 1998.
The Cut is a great place for families to fish either by boat or from the land. A variety of fish are available to catch including black drum, redfish, sheepshead, speckled trout, stingrays, and even small sharks. Dolphins also frequent Mitchell's Cut.
The easiest way to get to Mitchells Cut is by boat, however you can reach the cut by land. Taking FM 457 over the swing bridge, follow the road to the west until it ends. The trail changes, but you can usually travel on the trail along the beach or slightly off the beach and it will end up at Mitchells Cut. Your best bet would be if you go on these trails with a 4 wheel drive as cars tend to get stuck in the sand or mud. The drive to Mitchell's Cut can be fun for the family. You can stop along the way and search for seashells. The beach in this area seems to be less visited by the sunbathers leaving more seashells along the shores.
If you use Mitchell's Cut to enter the Gulf of Mexico with your boat, you need to be aware of the sandbar that has formed on the Gulf end of the Cut making most of it very shallow. For those new to the area, to find out where the sandbar is, just watch where other boats are entering and exiting the cut and follow their path.
Coastal studies show that with the beach nourishment program it is possible that Mitchell's cut may fill closing the cut. If this happens it would devastate the Sargent community. The shrimpers in the area rely upon the cut to gain access to the Gulf of Mexico. Almost everyone in the community has used Mitchell's Cut at one time or another. Fishing along the cut is a favorite place for most locals. Since the cut was made as a flood relief, if the cut is closed where will the water go?