Two very nice guides are: Cruising Guide to the Texas Southern and Central Coast by Jay and Buffy Corzine and Skipper Bobs Gulf Coast Edition. The Corzine's hail from Rockport and they have cruised all over So Tx coastal waters. Even with our 6' draft, we were able to come up the ICW from Rockport to FL with these guides and of course Active Captain. (Can't say enuf good about those guys!) We anchored or took a slip each nite. As stated previously, it can get tedious passing thru bridges, locks and dealing with barge traffic, but certainly is do-able. Hope this helps. Enjoy retirement!!