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Goose Island State Park, Rockport

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Goose Island State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Texas, located north of the city of Rockport on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The park covers 321.4 acres (130 ha). It is surrounded by both St. Charles and Aransas Bays.

The park was established on land acquired from private owners between the years 1931–35. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the earliest facilities.

The park is home to "The Big Tree", a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana), thought to be over 1000 years old. It has a circumference of 35 feet (11 m), is 44 feet (13 m) in height and has a crown spread of 90 feet (27 m).

Although it is located on the seashore, there is no designated swimming area at the park, as the shoreline consists of concrete, oyster shell, mudflat, and marsh grass. Instead, the main park activities include camping, birding, fishing, and boating. The park averages more than 60,000 overnight campers each year and has about 200,000 visitors annually. There are 45 shade shelters with electricity and water on the island. There are 57 shelters with electricity and water, and 27 with water and no electricity. Speckled trout, redfish, drum, flounder, and sheepshead are a few of the fish caught.

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  • Goose Island is beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Got to go see the Big Tree, its amazing. Many deer and Bucks walking around. Have a camera ready at Goose Island there are many opportunities to....  more »
  • There are two good reasons to visit this park. The fishing pier and the large live oaks, especially the one called the Big Tree.  more »
  • I really loved our visit to Goose Island. In spite of some not so fun issues. The park is still in disrepair from the Hurricane that happened a while back. The pier and half the beach shelters are not accessible as of June 15, 2019. but we knew it was going to be a bit rough but wanted to support the place. They had several places where you could fish from the shore. The little inlet was nice for kayaking for beginners. The bathrooms were decent except the one at the ocean front had a bunch of bugs on the floor. Not sure if they really could keep that from happening. The campsite we had was in the wooded area. Our site wasn’t mowed and there were a ton of sticker burrs and a very large 3’x8’ puddle from the previous days rain. It dried up rather quickly and was gone by day 3. My biggest issue is the ungodly amount of mosquitoes. We ended up having to spray our site to just make it bearable. I think if they had mowed and it wasn’t so wet it probably wouldn’t have been as bad. We ended up leaving a day early because of the mosquitoes. The big tree was sooo beautiful BUT if you wanted to walk to it you should be covered in bug spray and know it’s a pretty good hike from the park. So if you have little ones keep that in mind or take the car to it. Again, ton ms of mosquitoes there too. The only place you get reprieve is on the ocean front. There is NO BEACH. We knew this and liked the little inlet to explore. Overall I’d give the place a B. It’s what we expected.
  • Beautiful park with an always amazing staff. Easily in my top 5 TX State Parks. If you enjoy fishing or bird watching this is definitely the place for you.

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