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Seagull at Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009- Jose Garcia
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GALVESTON ISLAND STATE PARK
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Galveston Island State Park
'Seagull'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagull at Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009- Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Seagull Over Water'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagull flying over water at Galveston State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Sandpiper'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Sandpiper at Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'By the Shore'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

A Sandpiper by the shore on Galveston Island State Park. April of 2007. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Camping near Galveston, TX'

We lived in Houston, TX at the time, so this park was only about 40 miles away. You could walk over the dunes and stroll on the public beach

Galveston Island State Park
'Shorebirds '
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Shorebirds looking for food. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Shorebirds'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Shorebirds by the water. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Seagull Over Land.'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagull over land at Galveston State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Seagulls Eating'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Seagulls searching for their meal. Galveston Island State Park. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park
'Sandpiper'
© Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Sandpiper in search for its lunch. Copyright 2009-Jose Garcia

Galveston Island State Park, in Galveston County, is in the City of Galveston on the west end of Galveston Island. It is a 2,013.1-acre site that was acquired in 1969 from private owners under the State Parks Bond Program and was opened in 1975.
Nature of the Area
Wading and shore birds, mottled and mallard ducks, raccoons, armadillos, and marsh rabbits can be found in the park for observation and photography. Beach or surf fishing for spotted seatrout, sandtrout, redfish, black drum, croaker, and flounder are also available.
History of the Area
Galveston Island is believed to be approximately 5000 years old and has had an interesting history during the past 500 years. It is generally believed Cabeza de Vaca and his crew were shipwrecked here in 1520 and eventually made their way from the island to colonies in Mexico. The LaFitte brothers, fleeing the prosecution of pirates in the United States, established a government here in 1817, with visions of creating a "Manhattan on the Gulf." Commerce did thrive here, but major storms in 1867, 1871, 1875, and 1886 greatly slowed progress. The great storm of 1900 devastated the island, killing 5000 to 10,000 people, and prompted the construction of the seawall which protects the northern half of the island.

The largest wetland restoration project ever undertaken in a Texas state park , the Galveston Wetlands Project, has been selected to receive a Coastal America Partnership Award.

Dunes Renewal Project: September 10, 1998, Tropical Storm Frances destroyed the sand dunes at Galveston Island State Park. The dunes serve as the only protection that the park has for its facilities. A project was implemented to rebuild the dunes through the use of Christmas trees.
Events
June 19
Turtle Patrol
Citizen scientists needed for turtle patrol and hike.

While most of us are getting ready to relax for the weekend and eat dinner, park rangers continue their work and patrol the beaches for critters. We want you to help and join us.

You can become a citizen scientist, and help the park to understand more about the Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle, an endangered species that nests Galveston Island State Park. We will take a stroll down the beach and explore ways to help the environment.

We will meet at the day use picnic area and begin a short hike down the beach and through the dunes, patrolling for turtles on this easy, evening beach hike. Families, groups, and pets on a leash are welcome.

When: Most Fridays during Summer

Where: Day use picnic area to begin

Who: Park Ranger Lisa Reznicek is inviting everyone to join

Before you can join us:

. Park entry fee paid before trip

. All children must be accompanied by an adult

What to expect:

. Great family fun for all ages.

. Prepared for physical activity

. Small group instruction and guide

. 1 hour program of games, activities, and short hike

. Restrooms available

. Camera-worthy shots of a great Texas beach

Contact:Lisa Reznicek
(409) 737-1222
Lisa.Reznicek@TPWD.Texas.Gov

June 20
Zombie Apocalypse Hike
Could you survive and thrive on this fun, easy hike?

Have you wondered about your abilities to live in the wild, such as after an apocalyptic event? Well, we're going to talk about the basic skills needed to find food, water, shelter, and space in our short (somewhat humorous) program.

We'll begin at the Nature Center and travel to find the necessary items for survival. Then, we'll discuss the importance of plants and human uses of the area. Finally, we'll test your luck to survive a zombie apocalypse.

So, join us....if you dare! Everyone is welcome to this free hour-long program (pets and zombies must be on leash.) Bring your hiking gear for a short prairie walk. Restrooms available.

Before you can join us:

. Park entry fee paid before trip

. All children must be accompanied by an adult

What to expect:

. Great family fun for all ages

. Prepared for a short walk and survival skills tests

. Small group instruction and guide

. 1 hour program of games, prizes, and short hike

Contact:Lisa Reznicek
(409) 737-1222
Lisa.Reznicek@TPWD.Texas.Gov

June 20
Sunset Paddle
Paddling tour with sunset views.

Please consider reserving your spot for a quick instruction, free gear rental, and guided trip with Ranger Lisa into a protected cove of Galveston Bay. We will start at 5:30pm and be back by 8:00pm. Starting location is the Oak Bayou picnic area.

Before you can join us:

Please review directions, entry fees, facilities, parking, and launch location on our park website: www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/galveston-island

Park entry fee paid before trip.

Must RSVP 48 hours before the trip with Lisa.Reznicek@TPWD.Texas.Gov

All children must be accompanied by an adult, and the program is recommended for ages 13 and older.

Close-toed shoes and lifejackets must be worn during trip.

What to expect:

Prepared for physical activity, outside. (Suggested weight limit for kayaks = 250 lbs.)

Free American Canoe Association Instructor paddling lesson

Free gear use (kayak, paddle, and lifejackets)

Small group instruction and guide (<12 people)

1.5 hour paddling trip to Galveston Bay, over sea grass beds and bay bottom.

Anything that goes out may get wet, muddy, salty, or completely submerged.

Contact:Lisa Reznicek
(409) 737-1222
Lisa.Reznicek@TPWD.Texas.Gov

June 20
Beach Explorations
Hunt for island treasures with park volunteers and rangers.

Beach Exploration hikes start at the park's Nature Center, located on the bay side of the park, close to the main highway.

Get a close-up look at the many critters and birds that inhabit the sand, surf and seaweed. This Saturday tour includes hands-on seining, searching for ghost crabs and beach combing under the guidance of Friends of Galveston Island State Park (FoGISP) volunteers.

What to bring:

Park permit

Clothes and shoes to get wet (optional)

Water bottle

Camera (for those great ocean shots)

More information about this event.

Contact:Lisa Reznicek
(409) 737-1222
Lisa.Reznicek@TPWD.Texas.Gov

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Area Attractions
Nearby attractions in Galveston include Moody Gardens (with the Rainforest Pyramid, I-Max Theater, Palm Beach, etc.); numerous historical homes; the Railroad Museum; the Strand Historical District, where the Tall Ship Elissa (an 1877 sailing vessel) is moored; the Seaport Museum; and the Galveston County Museum. Space Center Houston is also nearby, as are the the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site & the San Jacinto Monument, and the Battleship TEXAS. Brazos Bend State Park, Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site and Brazoria County Access Point (San Luis County Park operated by Brazoria County) are within two hours.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 14 Great park for photography. by Jose Garcia -
You can really get some great shots of birds, other animals as well as landscapes.
May 8 Great Birdwatching! by G.L. Garcia
Love to watch the different kinds of gulf coast birds. The sunsets are breath taking and the stars in the night sky are amazing!
April 16 Great sites well spaced, close to Gulf. by Tj Springer
Love it at Galveston Island State Park, beaches great for biking and hiking. Sites are well spaced and most have Gulf views.


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Directions
The park can be reached from Interstate 45 by exiting right onto 61st Street and traveling south on 61st Street to its intersection with Seawall Boulevard and then right (west) on Seawall (FM 3005) 10 miles to the park entrance.

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