Goose Island State Park sits at the southern tip of Lamar Peninsula amid the bays and estuaries of the Texas Gulf Coastal Bend. It has two distinct parts: the mainland and the island.
The mainland consists of live oak / red bay woods with yaupon holly, American beautyberry, coralbean and wax myrtle. A portion of tallgrass prairie exists here, also, with bushy bluestem and saltgrass.
Wildlife observation and photography opportunities abound. You may see white-tailed deer, raccoons, armadillos, foxes, squirrels, cottontail rabbits and over 300 varieties of birds. The endangered whooping crane feeds on berries and blue crabs found in the coastal wetlands around Goose Island State Park.
The oyster shell island has a shell ridge and marshland. Plants on the shell ridge portion of the island include sea ox-eye daisy, wolfberry, sea purslane, baccharis and seashore dropseed grass. Smooth cordgrass, marsh-hay cord grass, saltgrass, saltwort and glasswort grow in the marsh. Seagrass beds and oyster reefs fill the bays around Goose Island.
Red drum, speckled trout and flounder are just a few of the fish that live in the bays.
For more information:
- Texas Wildlife Fact Sheets
- Great Texas Wildlife Trails: Aransas Loop – best wildlife viewing in this area.
- Just for kids: Wondrous Wetlands.