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Goose Island State Park 'Great Blue Heron' © Dennis Eccleston
The great blue heron is a common sight on the shoreline.
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GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK
GOOSE ISLAND STATE PARK
Goose Island State Park
'Great Blue Heron'

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The great blue heron is a common sight on the shoreline.

Goose Island State Park
'White Pelicans'

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White and Brown Pelicans can been seen near the boat launch and fish cleaning area of the park looking for scraps.

Goose Island State Park, 321.4 acres, surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays, is located north of Rockport in Aransas County. The park was acquired in 1931-1935 by deeds from private owners and Legislative Act setting aside the state-owned Goose Island as a state park. The earliest park facilities were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s.

The "Big Tree," named State Champion Coastal Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in 1969, is thought to be one of the largest in the nation. Estimated to be over 1000 years old, the "Big Tree" has a circumference of 35 feet, is 44 feet in height and has a crown spread of 90 feet.
Events
March 23
Songbird Walk
Join us for an easy bird walk of the wooded camping area, listen to the birds, and maybe even learn a few new things.

Join us for an easy bird walk of the wooded camping area, listen to the birds, and maybe even learn a few new things.

Check at Park Headquarters for starting location for this bird walk.

Larry and Judy are returning as our April Bird Hosts. They will listen and watch for birds and help point out the birds, their behavior, and calls.

When: 8:00 a.m.

Where: Parking lot next to campsite 157

Parking: Park at Turk's Cap Trail Parking Lots, or the Tent Camping Parking Area.

What are we doing: Bird watching and walking.

Things to bring: Binoculars, water, sun screen, bug spray, shoes suitable for walking, a camera, and dress in weather appropriate clothing.

Walks may be canceled or postponed in event of rain.

There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. Appropriate for all ages and all skills of birders. We do have a few pairs of binoculars available for use during the program. If planning on borrowing a pair of binoculars please email to reserve a pair.

Contact:Janelle Rand
361-729-2858
Janelle.Rand@tpwd.Texas.gov

March 23
Birding Basics
Want to start birding, but do not know where to start? Come to Birding Basics and discover the tools of a bird watcher.

This program will go over the tools of a bird watcher, and provide helpful hints to get started! This program is held indoors, so don't worry about the weather!

When: Wednesday 4:00 p.m.

Where: Recreation Hall

Audience: This event is appropriate for all ages and designed to introduce people to bird watching.

Fees: This program is free with your valid park entrance permit.

Day entry fees are $5 per person 13 years of age and up, children 12 and under are free!

Contact:Janelle Rand
361-729-2858
Janelle.Rand@tpwd.Texas.gov

March 24
Shorebird Walk
Join us for a bird walk that goes over the birds that call the waters, marsh, and brush around Goose Island State Park home.

Join us for a shorebird walk. We will look for various birds that call the coast home on this bird walk.

When: 8:30 a.m.

Where to meet: The parking area next to the fishing pier.

What are we doing: Bird Watching and Walking.

Things to bring: Binoculars, water, sun screen, shoes suitable for walking, a camera, and wear weather appropriate clothing. There will be a few pairs of binoculars available for loan, but it is best to bring your own.

Walks may be canceled or postponed in event of rain.

There is no fee for attending this program although park entrance is required. Entrance fees are $5 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free, or free with a current Texas State Park Pass. Appropriate for all ages and all skills of birders. We do have a few pairs of binoculars available for use during the program.

Contact:Janelle Rand
361-729-2858
Janelle.Rand@tpwd.Texas.gov

March 24
Plants: The Good, the Bad, the Tasty
Explore our nature trail with a park ranger and learn how to identify a few edible plants.

Join a park ranger for an edible plants walk. We will go over how to identify the plants, what parts are edible, and how you would prepare them. There is no harvesting or tasting, but this walk is a good opportunity to get outdoors and learn about the natural world. This walk will also point out a few plants to avoid when hiking.

When: 3:00 p.m.

Where: We will meet at the Bird Sanctuary on Warbler Way at 3:00 p.m. The Bird Sanctuary is in the woods camping area of the park, and is next to the restrooms on Warbler Way.

Helpful things to bring: A journal to record things is optional, a camera if you want pictures, water, bug spray, and sturdy shoes.

Park Location: So where is Goose Island State Park? We are located north of Rockport Fulton across the Copano Causeway on 202 S. Palmetto, Rockport, Tx.

Goose Island State Park has a day use fee of $5 per person 13 years of age and older, children 12 and under are free.

This program starts at 3:00 p.m. Program may be postponed or canceled in event of rain. If no participants are present by 3:15 p.m. program may be canceled.

Contact:Janelle Rand
(361) 729-2858
Janelle.Rand@tpwd.Texas.gov

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Area Attractions
Located directly across St. Charles Bay from the park are the wintering grounds for rare and endangered whooping cranes in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Also nearby are the Copano Bay State Fishing Pier, Mustang Island State Park, Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, Texas Maritime Museum, and the Texas State Aquarium in the City of Corpus Christi. For more information on the Rockport-Fulton area, call the Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-242-0071 or visit their web site at www.rockport-fulton.org
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 21 A Very Beautiful State Park by Bette & Rex Wagoner
My wife and I visited Goose Island State Park this past Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, and we loved it. It is one of the better parks which we have visited.
October 29 Wildlife everywhere by Nate
I grew up in Aransas Pass and Rockport,TX. Goose Island is THE place to fish and crab and oyster when it is permitted. The area should be protected for its ecologic environment suitable for our wild life to generate and grow.
September 26 It is a good place to fish.
you can catch a lot of speckled trout and redfish and drum. It is amazing


Area Campgrounds
Ancient Oaks RV Park
1222 Business Highway 35 South
Rockport, TX
Raintree RV Park
1924 West Terrace Boulevard
Rockport, TX
361-729-7005
Weather Forecast, (78382)

Directions
The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport on State Highway 35 to Park Road 13, then 2 miles east to park entrance.

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