Goose Island State Park

Rockport, Texas



Rockport, Texas
Phone: (361) 729-2858

Sites: 120
Recent Rate: $18 5/2016

Latitude: 28.134139354049
Longitude: -96.9849443435669

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

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donw78025

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $18.00
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Great park for birding, fishing. We stayed in Wooded Area Loop because the Bayfront seemed too windy and sandy for us (lots of people in the Bayfront area though). Bring mosquito repellent!!!! We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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alm

Review Count: 37
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $28.00
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This is a wonderful, quiet and lovely park. You can choose between windy, full sun bay side spots or the wooded, shady sites. The bay spots are in full sun but have shelters and are fairly close to each other. The wooded spots are mostly shaded by wonderful oak trees and most are very spacious. Electric and water only. Our $28 fee included a basic fee of $18 plus a $5.00 per person per day fee. We rode bikes all around the area, saw birds of all kinds, including Whooping Cranes. We loved staying here. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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The park is just a few miles from Fulton and Rockport...plenty of gas stations, grocery stores, etc.
we really enjoyed riding our bikes down to see the 1000 year old oak tree and then around St Charles Bay and exploring the local neighborhoods, including the luxurious community being built, The Reserve.

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housecar

Review Count: 62
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $22.00
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Windy, sunny, very windy. Once we realized which was to position our MH (facing front to the bay with the shelter to our right) we really enjoyed our 2 night stay and were able to sit outside enjoying the sun and the waves without being blown away. It was fun to watch the pelicans and herons waiting at the fish cleaning station for a treat. We walked around part of the wooded camping area and were surprised to see that many sites could, and did, accommodate large MHs. I could have enjoyed staying in that area also (no wind) We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Motorhome.

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drfife

Review Count: 77
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $18.00
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We camped at Goose Island State Park near Rockport, TX in site 152 Wooded Area with 30A electric and water service. Our site was very private. The Bayside sites have great views of the ocean, but no privacy. The sites in the Wooded Area are great, but can be a challenge backing in with large RV's, ours is a 37' 5th wheel. The office can suggest appropriate sites. Great park, definitely check it out. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

Rockport is nearby with shopping, groceries and restaurants.

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Scotty 5154

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $20.00
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Great park! We stayed on the bay/ocean side and it was great. However - when we were here it was cold and windy, so actually would have preferred the sheltered sites in the woods - but that wasn't anyone's fault. Really loved the walking/hiking trails and also went on our bike to the Big Tree etc., and saw the whooping cranes near Big Tree. Fishing at the pier was fun too. Great park, great people would definitely stay here again! We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Check the weather before you settle and pick the sheltered sites if it is going to be windy.

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Pdxjoanne

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $22.00
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This is a pretty awesome park. It's just electric and water hookups like most state parks, and there's a dump station. The wooded sites are very nice and afford a lot of privacy, but, for us, the bayfront sites can't be beat! You are right on the water and the view is amazing. AND, you can fish for free without a license as long as you stay on the park land and don't wade. (Kind of makes up for the rip-off daily per person fee they charge on top of the camping fee. Don't get me started on that!!) Didn't really see anyone catch any fish, although some said they'd had luck a few days earlier, but it'd be great for kids who like to fish. The birding is good too. There are wetlands all around the camping peninsula. There are shower/restroom buildings in both the north and south bayside camps. We were in the north camp. The restroom were basic, but clean. The showers are each in a separate room with a partition in the middle separating the shower from the changing area. There is a bench and hooks. The pressure was great and lots of hot water. Only thing I didn't like is that unless you point the shower head straight down it sprays toward the front and water runs into the changing area where there is no drain so it makes a big puddle. Really poor design. Except for that, though, they are fine. They actually have wi-fi although it worked well only sporadically. Verizon worked fine though. We would definitely come back. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Truck Camper.

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We used this park as a base to explore the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. It's close, but a pretty long drive around to access it, but it's worth it. We saw our birding holy grail, Whooping Cranes! But we saw lots of other birds too: just about every heron and egret in the book plus roseate spoonbills, sandhill cranes, and wild hogs, dolphins, deer, and gators. There is a small daily fee for the refuge, but it's free to holders of a Federal Senior Pass. Nice visitors center and gift shop too.

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mac2school

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
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Quiet park, I chose the bay side for less wind. Good trails! Lots of songbirds. Bring bug spray! Friendly staff. TX parks require the addt'l per person, per day fee, so consider an annual pass. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Motorhome.

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Philip g

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $20.00
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This is one of my favorite Texas Parks and Wildlife campgrounds. I have stayed here in all seasons, from tent/bicycle camping to a Class A motorhome. You can either be right next to the bay water or in the woods under trees. Park had WiFi but given the geography it can be spotty. But for walking, fishing, boat launching and generally goofing off it remains my favorite. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

The Fulton Mansion is worth the trip. Great seafood only minutes away in Fulton!

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KCTexas

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $19.00
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We stayed here for four nights in February. We camped in Bayfront site # 34. We made our reservation in the Bayfront area because it has much more room for maneuvering. (Since this was our first visit here, I talked to a ranger before making my reservation.) The park staff were all quite friendly both before and during our visit. Once we arrived we explored the wooded area and found there were some sites, which would accommodate a larger rig, but there were indeed some that would be challenging. The Bayfront sites also have 50 amp hookups but in February, that was not a factor. Neither area has sewer hookups. The surface of the Bayfront sites is made up of a sand like material. (I'm guessing ground shells.) Each site has a shelter with a picnic table. While there is plenty of room to maneuver, I actually pulled our trailer in by circling around from the site two sites over. (I asked our next-door neighbor if he minded first.) A number of people (mostly motor homes but some trailers) pulled in. We even saw one trailer that was parked parallel to the shore behind the shelter rather than next to it.

There was quite a wind off the bay two of the nights but little or no wind the other two nights. I can see the wind could be an issue at times. The park has a very nice fishing pier. While we didn't do any fishing, we did see some dolphins from the pier.

We were told that the bird population was down considerably from other years due to the drought. Nonetheless the park was a great place for birding. We participated in both the songbird walk and the shorebird walk. The birding hosts were both quite friendly and knowledgeable. They also hold a "Birding 101" and "Birding 201" class, which I would have liked to attend, but our schedule didn't allow it. There are a couple of trails in the park but they are quite short. The longest, Turks Cap Trail, is only .66 miles long. If you are interested in birding, besides the shore area, there is a very nice bird watching area next to the rest rooms on Warbler Way. The birding hosts' site also has several feeders set up and they told us we were welcome anytime. I can only think of three negatives about this park. The first, based on speculation, would be the potentially strong winds off the bay if you were in the Bayfront sites. The second is the lack of maneuverability for some of the sites in the wooded area. Finally, the biggest negative in my opinion is the lack of full hook-ups. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Tips for other Campers:

All state parks in Texas charge a daily entrance fee in addition to any camping fees. If you are planning on camping in one or more of these parks, I suggest you look into purchasing an annual park pass. The pass cost $70.00 and allows free admittance to the parks and also includes several electronic coupons for half off a night of camping. My park pass saved me $51.00 on this visit alone. (Four days @ $5.00 x two people plus $11.00 off one night of camping.) The average rate of $19.25 per reflects this park pass discount.

Be sure to visit "The Big Tree." "The Big Tree" is in a separate area of the about a mile from the main part of the park. We definitely recommend visiting this 1,000-year-old tree.

This park does not have a beach but Mustang Island State Park is about an hour away. (It has a beach but not much else.)

The Aransas National Wildlife area is also close by.

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G&S Smith

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $18.00
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Excellent base camp for birding along Texas Gulf Coast. In fact, birding hosts lead daily walks. Live oaks dominate. Spacious sites. Be aware of the $7.50 per person entrance fee in addition to camp site. The $70 per year state park pass is a much better deal if you spend any time at all at TX. parks. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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fifthwheelcamper

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $30.00
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Love staying here, you get to be right on the water and the fishing pier is free. Was really windy and cold but still a very nice park with large sites and sheltered picnic area. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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RunsWithScissors

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $22.00
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This is a terrific park - clean, quiet and our site was right next to the bay. And all for just $22/night (plus a $5/person/day entrance fee). Be sure to take advantage of the scheduled activities. We went on one of the morning shore bird walks and really enjoyed it. Ask whether you might save on fees by purchasing a TX state parks annual pass. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Euri

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $32.00
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Great, great spot and wished we could have stayed longer! Beautiful bathrooms, and we were parked right by the bathroom bldg. We were In site 12, overlooking the water. Great Wi-Fi near the building! Road our bikes out to the 1,000 year old tree (1 mile) and saw the whooping cranes. Super cool area with all the windswept Southern Live Oak trees. A photographers dream! Stay here! We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Motorhome.

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Greggo

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $22.00
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Very nice campground. We camped in the trees to avoid the wind which was smart. Very windy which chased some of the beach campers into the trees as well. The hardy souls stayed out there and seemed to have fun but it's not for me. Blowing sand and spray out there. Very popular for fishing. Pier and boat lands were well used. Very nice park. No Wi-Fi. Busy on the weekend but not unbearable at all. We'd stay here again. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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NT2013

Review Count: 103
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $15.00
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What a wonderful, well managed campground!!! I loved it here. I camped in the wooded section. The sites are shaded,well maintained, large and private. They are perfect for small rigs, however, larger ones might find it too tight with too many overhanging limbs. Most of the large rigs use the ocean side sites. They are right on the water but are small crowded and have no shade. This park fills up in the summer so get there early or make reservations. I would gladly camp here again. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Tent.

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