Friday, December 9, 2011

Exploring Goose Island

Coastal Oaks RV Resort, Site 411
Rockport, Texas
Weather Condition; High 64, Low 34,

We have been taking care of a few chores

And we’ve also done a little more exploring. Yesterday we drove out to Goose Island State Park. Dennis and Donna ( recommended we check it out. We’re so glad they did. It is a very neat state park.

Before we arrived at the park gate we came across a herd of deer grazing along the roadway. There were at least a dozen or more of them. They are so graceful.

We drove through the park to see all it had to offer. First of all, the campsites are beautiful. Most are nestled into the trees and isolated from site of the other campsites. The oak trees are beautiful. There are also campsites on the beach.

 This is what we learned about Goose Island State Park. The park consists of 321.4 acres. It is surrounded by the St. Charles and Aransas Bays.

They have a variety of campsites such as, open cabanas campsites with water and electricity. These sites are  located right on the beach overlooking the bay.

They also have campsites in heavily, tree-shaded areas. They consist of water, electric and BBQ grills. There are restrooms with and without showers located throughout the park. 

 They also have a fish-cleaning shade shelter, a double-lane boat ramp and a 1620-foot, lighted fishing pier. They also have a group recreation hall.

Goose Island State Park is located at the southern tip of Lamar Peninsula amid the bays and estuaries of the Texas Gulf Coastal Bend. The mainland portion of the park is comprised of a live oak, red-bay woods which contain yaupon holly, American beautyberry, coral bean and wax myrtle.

 They claim to have a Wildlife observation and photography opportunities include white-tailed deer, raccoon, armadillo, fox, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and over 300 varieties of birds. The endangered whooping crane feeds on berries and blue crabs occurring in the coastal wetlands around Goose Island State Park.

We also went to see “The Big Oak”. This oak was 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. 

We also drove along the Fulton Beach Road.