Goose Island State Park, Texas

During Thanksgiving break we took the camper out for some downtime at Goose Island State Park near Rockport, TX (north of Corpus Christi). Through the years we’ve been up and down the Texas cost many times and have lived both north and south of the area, but this was our first time to visit Goose Island. The park is really two parks in one. On one hand there’s a wooded campground with lots of live oak trees and considerable underbrush. On the other hand there’s a bay front area where you park the camper right on the bay. The bay front campsites are the most popular and even cost an extra few dollars a night.

By the time I settled on this as a camping destination the bay front campsites were all reserved, so I took a campsite in the woods. However, the day before we arrived the weather was pretty rough along the bay with rain and strong winds. Water was crashing into the concrete wall that borders the island with spray hitting campers. Many people left, some heading for parts unknown and, I think, others for the woods. When I arrived the day following the rough weather they couldn’t find a campsite in the woods big enough for our 30 foot camper and they offered me a site along the bay. Since that’s what I wanted in the first place it was fine with me.

The bay front sites aren’t much to look at. No grass, no trees, with a mixture of gravel and crushed sea shells underfoot. There are concrete shelters with picnic tables and the sites are close together. Hook ups throughout the park are water and electric only. There are no playgrounds for the kids along the bay, and I didn’t see one in the woods either.