Goose Island State Park

Lamar, Texas

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Located at the southern end of Lamar Peninsula, 321-acre Goose Island State Park divides St.Charles Bay from Aransas Bay. Just across the former lies the tip of the Blackjack Peninsula, part of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (though by car the refuge entrance is a half hour from the park). Very popular with anglers and “winter Texan ” campers, Goose Island is most noteworthy to birders as a spring-migration site, where trees and shrubs offer shelter to tired northbound songbirds. Like all such areas, Goose Island’s birdiness on a particular day depends on weather (the period right after a frontal passage or rain is best) and luck. Even at the height of migration in April, things can be slow — but it’s definitely one of the sites to visit if you’re in the Rockport area in spring, because on the right day it can be alive with birds. The park also makes a convenient lookout spot to scan the bays for waterbirds year-round.

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"Located at the southern end of Lamar Peninsula, 321-acre Goose Island State Park divides St.Charles Bay from Aransas Bay. Just across the former lies the tip of the Blackjack Peninsula, part of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (though by car the refuge entrance is a half hour from the park). Very popular with anglers and “winter Texan ” campers, Goose Island is most noteworthy to birders as a spring-migration site, where trees and shrubs offer shelter to tired northbound songbirds.

Like all such areas, Goose Island’s birdiness on a particular day depends on weather (the period right after a frontal passage or rain is best) and luck. Even at the height of migration in April, things can be slow — but it’s definitely one of the sites to visit if you’re in the Rockport area in spring, because on the right day it can be alive with birds. The park also makes a convenient lookout spot to scan the bays for waterbirds year-round."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Lamar
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, winter also good
Driving Directions: Directions to Goose Island State Park

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May 2018