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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
June 19
Nature Detective Children's Hike
Join a park ranger for a Junior Ranger Explorer Hike where we will be nature detectives searching for clues on the trail! The clues left behind can sometimes help us identify the animals, or birds that call the park home!

Junior Ranger Explorer Activities focus on discovering the outdoors and nature. Prior to the hike we will go over the contents of a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack and how they can be used on our Explorer Hike! This activity is for individuals of all ages.

When: 2:30 p.m.

Where: We will meet at the Bird Sanctuary on Warbler Way at 2:30 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, a camera if you want pictures, water, bug spray, and sturdy shoes; a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack is optional.

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 2:30 p.m. Program may be postponed or canceled in event of rain. If no participants are present by 2:45 p.m. program may be canceled.

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

June 20
Fishing With a Ranger
Join a park ranger for a few fishing basics. Bring your own bait!

Want to try fishing, but are not sure where to start? Come to Fishing with a ranger! Learn a few fishing basics, like baiting a hook, casting a line, and if you are lucky reeling in a fish! Bring your own bait and we will help you hook it! (Shrimp is a popular choice and can be found at most local bait stands.) The park will provide a limited number of fishing poles for use during the program, poles can also be checked out from Park Headquarters first-come, first-served.

When: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Fishing Pier

What are we doing: Learning fishing basics.

Things to bring: Bait, water, sunscreen, fishing pole, and dress in weather appropriate clothing.

Events may be canceled pending weather, or if no participants are present.

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.

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

June 20
Fish Prints!
Try your hand at Gyotaku - the Japanese art of fish printing.

Try your hand at making fish prints. Traditionally fish printing was an art form that could also be used to document an impressive catch. We will use replica fish and tempra paint to make fish prints.

When: 10:30 a.m.

Where: Day Use Area

Helpful things to bring: A journal, pen or pencil, and your desired media. The park will provide tempra paint, paper, and replica fish for use in the program. Wear old clothes that you don't mind getting paint on!

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.

If there are no participants are present 15 minutes after start time the program may be canceled. Program may be postponed or canceled in event of rain.

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

June 21
Bay Seining
Help drag a seine net through the water at Stinky Beach, and try to catch the critters living beneath the waves! Wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get wet for this program.

This program meets at Stinky Beach. An adult will need to help drag the seine net. Wear closed toed shoes and clothes that can get wet. How far out we go depends on the tide. Some days we will seine close to the beach, other days we may go farther out. I

When: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Stinky Beach

Useful things to bring: Water, wear close toed shoes, and clothes that can get wet.

Terrain: Some participants will enter the bay, others will wait on the beach with nets. There are oyster shells in the water in addition to lots of aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates.

Audience: This event is appropriate for all ages and designed to introduce participants to some of the critters in our bays.

Fees: There is no fee for attending the program. Although a valid park entrance permit is required to access Stinky Beach. Day entry fees are $5 per person 13 years of age and up, children 12 and under are free, or use your Texas State Park Pass.

Program may be canceled if no one is present 15 minutes after scheduled start time.

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
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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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