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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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  • Best park for a nice quiet camping trip! Dark at night so you can see the stars. Sunsets on the boardwalk are amazing. Bike riding in and out of the park are recommended! Bring your kayak or... 
    Best park for a nice quiet camping trip! Dark at night so you can see the stars. Sunsets on the boardwalk are amazing. Bike riding in and out of the park are recommended! Bring your kayak or...  more »
  • Fishing for 24 hours was wonderful. BIg tree is certainly worth a look. Watch out for fire ants. Beach camping is great with shelters 50 feet from water. Great food at Paradise Key bar and grill in... 
    Fishing for 24 hours was wonderful. BIg tree is certainly worth a look. Watch out for fire ants. Beach camping is great with shelters 50 feet from water. Great food at Paradise Key bar and grill in...  more »
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  • The people employed here are simply wonderful. They are as accommodating as they are professional and very much seem to enjoy their work and coworkers. This park has two basic areas, water/woods, which basically means; slightly more expensive/ less for the woods..more wind/less wind..less mosquitoes/more mosquitoes..less wildlife/more critters..less privacy/more so in the woods. Nice fishing pier. Good bike ridding. The Big Tree is nearby. We stayed waterside in a 25' class C.
  • The people employed here are simply wonderful. They are as accommodating as they are professional and very much seem to enjoy their work and coworkers. This park has two basic areas, water/woods, which basically means; slightly more expensive/ less for the woods..more wind/less wind..less mosquitoes/more mosquitoes..less wildlife/more critters..less privacy/more so in the woods. Nice fishing pier. Good bike ridding. The Big Tree is nearby.

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