Date of Stay: July, 2006
This is the most useless situation I have even come across. You pay to camp on the Animas River but you are not allowed to fish in the river in the camp area nor is anyone allowed to play in or near the river. And, to boot, the customer service is terrible.
Date of Stay: November, 2005
The previous reviewer and I must have been staying in 2 different parks. First of all, there is indeed no shade. There is no shade anywhere in this area of Texas, and especially so on a beach area. Get over it. You want trees, go to Tennessee. You want beach, come here. Second, there was no road noise. The park is set back from the road and the big rig area is even farther back, near the beach. And, the traffic in November is not heavy. Neither my wife nor I heard any road noise, day or night, and we are sensitive to that. Third, the beach is a short walk over a very nice boardwalk across the dunes. The boardwalk is wide, lighted at night, and very well maintained by the owners of the park. Now, as to the park itself. My wife is disabled, so that is something we are very conscious of when it comes to evaluating a park. Pioneer rates high in that category. The showers are in enclosed rooms and very private and include a toilet. We just wish there were more than 2. That did make for waiting at times, unless you wanted to walk to the other building. The park was absolutely level with concrete pads and each site had a good grassy area (which our dog liked). It was very easy for handicap access and my wife was able to get to the beach in her scooter for the first time in years over the boardwalk. The park was very clean and there was little noise. The pool was large and clean. There is a small store on site for the necessaries (milk, soda, etc). On Sundays there is a pancake breakfast which is ok. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Grass is mowed regularly and garbage is picked up daily by park staff at your site. We were not crowded, but then it was not that time of year. Even so, the sites are wide enough so no one should feel hemmed in. One caveat: if you have dogs, watch out for walking them in grass areas surrounding the park as there are scads of cockleburrs to get in the fur and pads. WiFi access was good. As was cell phone reception. Check in and out was easy. The town of Port Aransas was a short 3 miles away. Close enough to get food or other supplies, go for take out barbeque (some of the best I've ever had) or seafood, as well as bait or fishing equipment; and yet far enough so it was not intrusive. A shuttle bus to and from town runs all day long. Fishing was very good right in the surf at the end of the boardwalk. Overall, highly recommended and we plan to return.