Goose Island State Park

Goose Island State Park

Aransas, Copano and St. Charles bays are an angler’s dream.At 35 feet in diameter, you can’t miss the thousand-year-old coastal live oak known as 'Big Tree.'Here, you can still see the brown pelican and rare whooping crane.

Things to Do

Although the park is located on Aransas Bay, there is not a swimming area. The shoreline is comprised of concrete bulkhead, oyster shell, mud flat and marsh grass. The main recreational activities are camping, excellent birding and fishing. Other activities include picnicking, boating (motors allowed), nature study, wildlife observation and photography.

Equipment Rentals

This park participates in the Angler Education “Tackle Loaner Program"; individuals can borrow rods, reels and tackle boxes with hooks, sinkers and bobbers.

Ranger Programs

Tours:  Guided nature hikes are held year-round. Guided birding tours are held from January through April.

Interpretive Programs:  Interpretive programs are held every week, and private programs are available on request. Check the calendar for upcoming events or call the park for more information.

Get more information on the Civilian Conservation Corps, which helped develop this park and numerous others over 70 years ago, by visiting our CCC page that includes the interactive online exhibits and education resource, “The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression” and “A New Deal for Texas Parks."

Photo of an Explorer PackAsk about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

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. Other nearby attractions include the Copano Bay 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, visit the Rockport-Fulton area chamber of commerce.

202 S. Palmetto St.
Rockport, TX 78382-7965

Latitude: 28.128064

Longitude: -96.98838

(361) 729-2858

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
Reserve by fax

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $5 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free
Hours

Open 7 days a week year-round.
Gate is open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Office Hours

8 a.m.  –  5 p.m. daily

Busy Season

Memorial Day through Labor Day, October through Thanksgiving, and January through April

Climate

January average low is 45 degrees. July average high is 92 degrees. Wettest months are August, September and October. First freeze occurs mid-December. Last freeze occurs early February.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

20 feet

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