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    Goose Island State Park is located about 8 miles north of Rockport, TX, on the shore of Aransas Bay. There are two distinct camping loops - one wooded and one water-front. Goose Island is a favorite with birders.


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    When we pulled up to the park office, there was a sign out saying the campground was full - not so; they had merely forgotten to take it down. There were several sites available, both in the wooded loop and down by the water. We opted for the latter and were soon set up on site 25. Each of the waterfront sites has a concrete cabana for its table.

    Date of visit: Feb 2012

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    Sites 25 to 45 are at the west end of the Bayfront sites.

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    Our site, 25, was on the end of the row.

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    Over on the east side of the Bayfront sites are 1-25.

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    Bayfront boasts two modern bathhouses with free hot showers. The showers are located in individual rooms.

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    The Lanatana Loop is the wooded part of the campground There are 25 tent-only sites. Here are sites 207-213.

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    Most of the sites around the perimeter of Lantana Loop are quite shaded and private. This is site 151.

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    This 5th-wheel on site 144 shows how closed in some sites are.

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    The two roads that cut through the center of Lanatana Loop provide shaded sites, but without the low vegetation between sites. These are sites 128-130 along Warbler Way.

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    Among the sites along Bayberry Lane are 115-118.

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    Although closed during our winter visit, there is a bait and tackle shop, which also sells snacks, ice, etc. Hats, T-shirts and birding books can be purchased at the park office.

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    Among the birds we saw here was this night heron.

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    We were parked on the edge of the bay facing due south, and we had unobstructed views of both sunrise and sunset.


    Lantana Loop: 25 tent sites @ $10, 57 sites W/E(30) @ $18

    Bayfront Area: 45 sites W/E(30/50) @ $22

    Showers, Wi-Fi, Dump station available

    Verizon Broadband Access (EVDO) service

    Coord: 28.133329 N, 96.984325 W

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