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Goose Island State Park
Rockport, Texas


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Bounded by the waters of the St. Charles, Copano, and Aransas bays, 314-acre Goose Island State Park is a coastal delight. Visitors to the Island engage in a variety of activities, including camping, birding, fishing, boating, water sports, picnicking and wildlife observation. A leisurely 1-mile hiking trail is available. Approximately 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including the endangered whooping cranes which spend each winter in the coastal marshes of nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

Fishing opportunities include speckled trout, redfish, drum and flounder; crabs and oysters are abundant as well. Developed (RV) campsites overlooking the bay or in a secluded, wooded area are available; tent campsites are limited to the wooded area. Additional facilities include a recreation hall, group camp, boat ramp, two playgrounds, and a lighted 1,620-foot-long fishing pier. One of the park's notable features is the "Big Tree", a magnificent 1,000 year-old coastal live oak whose trunk measures over thirty-five feet in circumference.



Shannon's Notebook

If you plan to be in Rockport between January and April, be sure to take a whooping crane boat tour, such as the one offered by Rockport Birding & Kayak Adventures. Justin and I haven taken one of the tours and we were extremely impressed with the experience. For more information on the boat tours, call 1-877-892-4737.

In addition to endangered whooping cranes, we have observed over forty different bird species at the park, including: osprey, northern harrier hawk, numerous duck species, great egret, great blue heron, roseate spoonbill, brown and white pelican, common loon, and eastern meadowlark. We also spied bottlenose dolphins on several occasions.

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Location

Located 10 miles north of Rockport on Texas Highway 35 to Park Road 13. Travel two miles on Park Road 13 to reach the park entrance.
Map of Park's Location

For GPS Users: N 28° 8.12'   W 096° 59.23' (WGS84/NAD83)
Convert to another coordinate sytem or map datum (Courtesy of Jeeep.com)

Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round from 7 AM to 10 PM for day use activities.

Fees

  • Day Use only: A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $5 per person for adults 13 years of age and older.
  • Overnight Use: A park entrance fee is charged per day -- $3 per person for adults 13 years of age and older.
Listed fees may not be accurate year-round due to seasonal changes. Contact the park directly to confirm fees.

Campsite and other facility fees are in addition to the park entrance fee.

Note: Learn about the $60 Texas State Parks Pass which exempts passholders, and the passengers in their vehicle, from the entrance fees at all Texas State Parks.

Reservations

Reserve Now for campsites and other park facilities.

Reservations can also be made by calling TPWD's Central Reservation System at (512)389-8900 from 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, 9 AM to noon on Saturdays.

Events

Consult TPWD's Park Events Calendar for information on upcoming events at this park.

Weather

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Volunteer Opportunities

Contact the Friends of Goose Island State Park, the officially recognized non-profit support group of Goose Island State Park, at photoart@dbatech.com.

Contact Information

The park is managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Goose Island State Park
202 South Palmetto Street
Rockport, Texas 78382-7965

Ranger Station: (361)729-2858
TPWD Park Info: 1-800-792-1112

Related Links:
* Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce


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