Bounded by the waters of the St. Charles, Copano, and Aransas bays, 314-acre Goose Island State Park is a coastal delight. Visitors to the Island engage in a variety of activities, including camping, birding, fishing, boating, water sports, picnicking and wildlife observation. A leisurely 1-mile hiking trail is available. Approximately 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including the endangered whooping cranes which spend each winter in the coastal marshes of nearby Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Fishing opportunities include speckled trout, redfish, drum and flounder; crabs and oysters are abundant as well. Developed (RV) campsites overlooking the bay or in a secluded, wooded area are available; tent campsites are limited to the wooded area. Additional facilities include a recreation hall, group camp, boat ramp, two playgrounds, and a lighted 1,620-foot-long fishing pier. One of the park’s notable features is the “Big Tree”, a magnificent 1,000 year-old coastal live oak whose trunk measures over thirty-five feet in circumference.