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Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $19.00
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.
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.
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $18.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: November, 2014 - $30.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $22.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $27.00
Totally agree with other reviews; Goose Island is a great state park and campground. You can get either ocean or wooded sites and there is free WiFi available. The park is well managed with clean restrooms. Great scenic location with lots of wild life and the Big Tree. A 10 if full hook-ups were available. Also, nearby Rockport has some very good restaurants. POPs on the road to the park looks a little dumpy but servers great seafood. We will stay here again. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $32.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2013 - $22.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $21.00
The rate reflects use of a discount coupon and Texas Pass. As others have noted, birding is great in the wooded area, but the spaces can be tight to get into for bigger rigs. The wooded area also gives better protection from the winds, which can get wild on the bay. We stayed two weeks in the bay section where we had no difficulty backing our 32 foot rig into a site. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and probably would have rated the campground higher except that the numerous airboats frequently (sometimes constantly) coming in and out of the bay could get pretty obnoxious, especially on the weekends. Another irritant … the internet was out of service in our section. With a long hike down to another section along the bay, we could get internet, but it was extremely slow. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $15.00
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.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $24.00
Wonderful bird guides that do bird walks with campers. Friendly and clean. Great experience. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2012 - $22.00
We camped in the wooded area so we could have a campfire (not allowed on water front sites). Excellent park staff, very clean park, excellent size sites. We met several great folks who have been camping there on the same weekend for the last 10/20 yrs. We were able to get through all turns with a 35' trailer and a long bed truck. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $22.00
This is a very nice park. We stayed on the bayside. The sites are roomy, which allows you to position your trailer facing the water, if you want. It was quiet and the neighbors were great, except for some loud day campers next door for one day. It was so windy during our stay that we really couldn't fish (not the park's fault). We tried to move to the shaded area of the park, which looked very nice also (with roomy and private sites), but the park was booked for the holiday weekend. The staff here are all very nice and helpful. We would stay here again. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $22.00
We have stayed here several times, always in the wooded sites. There are large trees with low overhanging limbs. Larger rigs need to be careful. The restrooms are kept clean, even on weekends, but they need to be updated. Mosquitoes are both fierce and plentiful so bring plenty of repellant. The park can get pretty crowded on weekends as it is a favorite with Boy Scouts and other groups. We come here for the birding which is outstanding during spring migration. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $22.00
Excellent state park, with great staff, and an awesome gulf view. We camped on the west bay front #25-#45 RV sites section. Bay front allows you to pull-in, back-in, jack knife-in to maximize your view of gulf or picnic area. Just be careful not to get boxed-in. Lots of fisherman w/ trucks, trailers and boats close to bay front sites. Wooded area for RV and tent camping is much quieter. Lots of mosquitoes in grass area. We drove to Rockport Beach about 10 miles south for swimming. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: February, 2012 - $22.00
We have camped at this park twice and loved it both times! We stayed in the wooded area the first time and the bay the second time. Both are incredible. There are low branches so be careful. The office personnel are extremely friendly and helpful. If you're staying more than a few days, buy a State Parks pass and skip the per person entrance fees, then you have the pass for a year and it's good at any Texas State Park. The other campers were mostly "winter Texans" so you run into some very rude people during the winter, but all in all, most people were very friendly. We camped at Goose Island State Park in a Motorhome.Undo
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.KCTexas • February 2015
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