Goose Island State Park

Lamar, Texas

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Goose Island State Park lies at the southern edge of the Lamar Peninsula, between Aransas and St. Charles bays, across the causeway from the Fulton and Rockport area, site of the annual Hummer/Bird Celebration each September. Here too, just off 12th Street on the Lamar Peninsula, is the “big tree,” the national champion live oak tree, estimated to be 1,000 years old. The 307-acre state park is a popular fishing and boating area. It offers a 1,620-foot-long lighted fishing pier and boat ramp. Key birds: Least Grebe, Brown Pelican, Reddish Egret, White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Black Skimmer, Pauraque, Greater Roadrunner, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Longbilled Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Seaside Sparrow are present year-round. Magnificent Frigatebird, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Purple Gallinule, Wilson’s Plover, Sandwich and Least Terns, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Bronzed Cowbird occur in summer. American Bittern, Merlin.

Goose Island State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Goose Island State Park lies at the southern edge of the Lamar Peninsula, between Aransas and St. Charles bays, across the causeway from the Fulton and Rockport area, site of the annual Hummer/Bird Celebration each September. Here too, just off 12th Street on the Lamar Peninsula, is the “big tree,” the national champion live oak tree, estimated to be 1,000 years old. The 307-acre state park is a popular fishing and boating area. It offers a 1,620-foot-long lighted fishing pier and boat ramp.

Key birds: Least Grebe, Brown Pelican, Reddish Egret, White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Black Skimmer, Pauraque, Greater Roadrunner, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Longbilled Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Seaside Sparrow are present year-round. Magnificent Frigatebird, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Purple Gallinule, Wilson’s Plover, Sandwich and Least Terns, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Bronzed Cowbird occur in summer. American Bittern, Merlin."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Lamar
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and breeding activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Goose Island State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Goose Island State Park

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May 2018