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Rockport Beach Park

The Blue Wave campaign is America 's first environmental certification for beaches. The goal of Blue Wave is to promote public awareness and voluntary participation in maintaining
clean and healthy beaches. Our Blue Wave beach is litter free, is handicap accessible, has public restroom facilities, picnic
sites, children play areas, swimming, fishing, public boat
ramp and is a bird sanctuary.

Entry Fee: $ 4.00/vehicle/day or
$10.00 annually

Contact Information

Tom Staley, Director

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622 E. Market Street

Rockport , TX 78382

Ph. (361) 729-2213 ext. 226

Office Hours

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday

Beach Park Rentals

Parks & Leisure Services has a variety of facilities and locations for
your special occasion. The most popular rental facilities are the
Saltwater Pavilion, the Beachfront Pavilion and the Blue Wave Open-Air Pavilion located at the Rockport Beach Park. For rates and rental policy go to E-Services, Document Center, Parks & Leisure, Beach, 2011 Pavilion Reservations Policy.

Other available rental facilities include Rockport Beach Band Shell,
Memorial Park, the gazebos at Triangle Park and Zachary Taylor Park .

Direct inquiries or request a reservation through the Parks Business Operations Office at 121 Seabreeze Drive in the Bay Education Center, by phone at 361-727-2158, Toll Free at 1-877-929-7977, or by e-mail at document.write('beach'+'@'+'cityofrockport.com') beach@cityofrockport.com

Contact Information

Jackie Hattenbach,
Business Operations Manager
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121 Seabreeze Drive Rockport , TX 78382

Ph. (361) 727-2158

Hours

8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday

To reserve a facility call:

361-727-2158 or
1-877-929-7977

Goose Island State Park

202 S Palmetto St.
Rockport, TX 78382-7965
361/729-2858

History

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.

Activities

Although located on Aransas Bay, there is no swimming area at this park. The shoreline is comprised of concrete bulkhead, oyster shell, mud flat, and marsh grass. The main recreational activities are camping, excellent birding, and fishing (the park participates in the "Loan A Tackle Program" and lends out fishing tackle to visitors.) Other activities include picnicking, boating (motors allowed), nature study, wildlife observation, and photography. Tours: Guided nature hikes are held year round. Guided birding tours are held from January through April.

Campsites & Other Facilities: Facilities include shade shelter campsites ("open cabanas") with water and electricity, located on the island near the bay; campsites with water and electricity in a heavily, tree-shaded area; campsites with water in the shady area; a group area; picnic sites (some with shade shelters); restrooms with and without showers; a snack bar within two miles; a fish-cleaning shade shelter; a double-lane boat ramp; a 1620-foot, lighted fishing pier with 2 fish-cleaning tables; a group recreation hall with tables and chairs (no kitchen - capacity 50); playground areas; and a Texas State Park Store .

Natural Features

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. Also on the mainland is a portion of tallgrass prairie consisting of bushy bluestem and saltgrass. 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.

The island portion of the park is an oyster shell island consisting of 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. The marsh at Goose Island includes smooth cordgrass, marsh-hay cordgrass, saltgrass, saltwort and glasswort. The bays around Goose Island are filled with seagrass beds and oyster reefs. Red drum, speckled trout and flounder are just a few of the fish that live in the bays around the island.

Elevation: 20 ft.
Weather: July average high 92, January average low 45, prevailing southeast breeze, humid; August, September, and October are wettest months; first/last freeze: December 16/February 7.

Schedule: Park is 7 days a week year-round. The office is open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Note: Campers who will be arriving after 10 p.m. should call the park before 5 p.m. to get the gate combination. Park gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
Busy Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day; October through Thanksgiving and January through April.

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.

Aquatic and Skate Park

The Community Aquatic and Skate Park, nestled within a 12-acre Live Oak Forest, is open year round. The park houses an 8-lane, heated, 25-yard pool and diving area, a whale shaped zero-depth entry children's pool with slides and sprays, a bathhouse, and a 6,000 square foot modular skate park. (You must be 10 years of age to utilize the skate park.) Adjacent to the aquatic and skate park is a picnic area and playground, and a 1/4 mile nature trail.

This facility is collectively funded by the City of Rockport, Town of Fulton and Aransas County. It is managed by the City of Rockport.

Contact Information

Lindy Madill, Aquatics Manager
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Pool Location:

2001 Stadium Drive

Rockport , TX 78382

Ph. (361) 727-9989

Hours

Closed on Monday.
For Pool and Skate Park operating hours please click on schedule link. Hours vary each month

Interpretive Nature Trail
Demonstration Garden and Wetlands Pond

Experience the sights and sounds of nature in a wetland environment in the midst of our town.

Learn about birds, plants, leaves, wildflowers and historical information on legendary birdwatcher Connie Neblett Hagar. From the Demonstration Garden Rest Area on State Hwy. 35 North follow 19 interpretive stops leading you .8 of a mile (one way) to Fulton Beach Road where the freshwater enters into the saltwater bay.




 

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