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Goose Island State Park

202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
+1 361-729-2858
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Day visit

Park has nice camp sites, but no beach only pier out to water. Not impressed for day visit... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
West Bend, Wisconsin
via mobile
Hidden Jewel for Birding

This state park is excellent for birding during spring migration. Park and walk the trailer loop... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Austin, Texas
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A recommended bird sanctuary in Texas.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“big tree” (141 reviews)
“bird watching” (30 reviews)
“wooded area” (15 reviews)
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202 S Palmetto St, Rockport, TX 78382-7922
+1 361-729-2858
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Park has nice camp sites, but no beach only pier out to water. Not impressed for day visit. Fishing poor day husband tried fishing.

Thank harley1030
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

This state park is excellent for birding during spring migration. Park and walk the trailer loop and trails. This park is one of the easiest to see a Painted Bunting. Please do not plays bird calls. The drip in the center near the restrooms is...More

2  Thank 901jefferym
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

My sisters and I visited the park, including the oldest tree. The tree was gorgeous!! There were many scenic areas-- great for photo ops !!

1  Thank PenLy
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Mostly for fishing RV types.Cost $5.00 per person to enter. There are a lot of roads with sites outside of the actual park for camping. There is a 1000 year old tree, which is supposed to be the largest of it's kind.

Thank LAB2014review
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Great bayside sites with ocean breeze that keeps mosquitos away. Nice area to stay. Good for bike rides. Great fishing from right outside your rv spot or from pier.

Thank Oona S
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We only had a partial day to visit this park, and we are so glad we did. The birding was great! We did a drive through of the campgrounds and wished that we had stayed there. Beautiful shady spots or right on the beach.

Thank kb80550
Reviewed 12 April 2017

wonderful place to camp with a small or large group. fishing is great on the provided pier. or launch from their boat ramp, great place to kayak

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This place is a great place to visit and going fishing in the fall of the year. The fish you can catch in flounder redfish speckled trout

Thank 978gregoryk
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We wanted a quiet place to spend the afternoon and fish. This is just the spot for us. It was not crowded and clean.

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We come to Goose Island on birding expeditions every year, sometimes twice! The variety of birds is exceptional because of the mix of bay, marsh and oak environments. This is one of the first landing spots for birds crossing the gulf, so they are more...More

1  Thank 829sylviad
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Question about low tree limbs specifically over the entry roads to Goose Island State Park. We camped at Goose Island State Park back in the 90s, and had to dodge low tree limbs getting in and out of the park in our motorhome back then. With the passage of time, low trees are apparently even more of a problem, as corroborated by at least one recent (Feb 2017) Trip Advisor review in which the people involved hit a low limb with their fifth wheel camper, damaging it substantially, and forcing them to leave it in Rockport for repairs, while they returned to their home in Georgia without it. This points to a totally unacceptable situation that should be dealt with by whomever is responsible for doing so. This not a trivial issue. Goose Island State Park is a desirable campground, and although the oak trees there conbribute to ambience, the roadways in and out of the park should be accessible to all types of RVs, not just very small ones. Why isn't this issue addressed by whoever should be taking care of these kinds of problems? We are unwilling to return to Goose Island State Park in our motorhome until we can get in and out of the park without risking expensive damage to our RV.
19 April 2017|
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Response from Barbara M | Reviewed this property |
It's still a bit low and narrow getting into the park and makes one a bit nervous. My motor home is about 11 foot high and the height doesn't seem to be a problem but we have been scraped by some of the bushes on the side.
Laurie B
Are you able to rent a kayak?
8 March 2017|
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Response from lindathelindy | Reviewed this property |
Not in the park. There are rentals in town of Fulton/Rockport with plenty of places to use them from right where you rent them.
Joyce S
Two questions: Are you able to get satellite TV in the wooded areas? And what's the bug situation like?
22 January 2017|
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Response from Blueigirl | Reviewed this property |
No unusual bug issues here. Always a good idea to have some mosquito repellant when camping. But no swamping mosquitoes or anything like that. Several camp and RV sites have good wifi. Good enough to stream Netflix... More