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Goose Island State Park

Goose Island State Park is 321.4 acres of gorgeous marshland bay. The bay lines both the St. Charles and Aransas bays and is located in Aransas County, just north of Rockport. This beautiful land was first acquired by the state in 1931 from private owners. Slowly more and more land was acquired until 1935 when as legislative act set aside the land to become a state park. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the earliest park facilities, like picnic tables and fences, in the 1930's and local Texans have been enjoy the park ever since. 

One of the park's most notable and famous features is called "The Big Tree." Like it's name would suggest it is a very big tree located within the park. The beautiful and sprawling oak was named "State Champion Coastal Live Oak" in 1969 and is considered one of the largest oaks in the United States. It is figured to be centuries old with the circumference of 35 feet, a crown spread of 90 feet, and is 44 feet tall. 

Other than visit this massive beauty Goose Island State Park visitors also enjoy a variety of activities. These activities include camping, fishing, hiking, geocashing, boating, and photography. Although the waters are beautiful swimming is not recommended. The Shoreline is often lined with marsh grass, concrete bulkheads, oyster shells, and mud flats. Camping is one of the most popular activity because the park contains 44 campsites near the bay and 57 sites located under oak trees. These gorgeous sites all come with water and electricity for visitors along with restroom facilities with showers. For those wanting to fish the park offers a 1,620 foot long fishing pier for guests to use. Visitors are also welcome to use the shore as well as from your own boat. The park also provides a fish cleaning station. Those fishing do not need a fishing license when fishing from the shore or pier.

Those visiting the park, especially near the water, should be advised that while Alligators are rare in the area, they do appear occasionally. Guests should keep at least 30 feet away from alligators at all times and pets should be kept away from the shore and on no more than a 6 feet leash for their protection. Feeding and harassing the alligators is strictly forbidden and can lead to a $500 fine.