Campground Review: Goose Island State Park, Rockport, TX

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 Les and Jane 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.

“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.

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.

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 my $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.