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Goose Island Texas State Park
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Goose Island State Park Information:
This 321.4 acre park is located on the northern tip of Lamar Peninsula on St. Charles Bay, north of Rockport in Lamar, Texas. Initial construction work was completed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) from 1931-1935. The island beach is made of oyster shell. Cement retaining walls line some of the bank. The marshland consists of smooth cordgrass, marsh-hay cordgrass, saltgrass, saltwort, and glasswort. The habitat of the mainland portion of the park consists of live oak, red-bay woods, tallgrass prairie, and wetlands. The Park is No. 048 on the Aransas Loop of the Great Texas Central Coastal Birding Trail. Whooping Cranes feed in the wetlands. The surrounding bays are filled with seagrass beds and oyster reefs. The park is well known for its “Big Tree," the largest live oak in Texas, and thought to be one of the largest in the nation. The tree is estimated to be over 1,000 years old. It has a circumference of 35 feet, is 45 feet tall, and a crown spread of 90 feet.Occasionally an alligator is seen in the park. Park entrance and camping fees apply. For more park information, watch the Park Video and read the Goose Island State Park Brochure.  The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport. Take SH 35 to Park Road 13; drive 2 miles east to the park entrance.  Goose Island State Park Facilities Map
 
St. Charles Bay:
This bay is an inlet of Aransas Bay, and is bound by Blackjack peninsula on the east, and Lamar peninsula on the west. The bay and the neighboring ecosystem is prime habitat for the endangered Whooping Crane. Goose Island State Park and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge are located on the bay.  
 
Copano Bay:
The bay is located west of Rockport on the northwestern side of Aransas Bay in Refugio and Aransas Counties. It receives seawater from the Gulf of Mexico via Aransas Bay, and fresh water from the Aransas River, Mission River and Copano Creek. The estuary ecosystem supports the endangered whooping crane.        
 
Historic 1,000 Year Old Live Oak Tree, Goose Island State Park:
"The Big Tree,"is the largest Live Oak tree in Texas, and though to be one of the largest in the nation. The tree is estimated to be over 1,000 years old; it has a circumference of 35 feet, is 45 feet tall, and the spread of its crown measures 90 feet. The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport; Take SH 35 to Park Road 13; drive 2 miles east to the park entrance. Ask for directions to the tree.  
 
Aransas Bay:
The bay is located on the Texas gulf coast approximately 30 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by San Joseph’s Island (San Jose). Aransas Pass and Port Aransas are located on the south end of the island, and Rockport is located on the north end of the island. Redfish Bay is located to the southwest, Copano Bay to the west, Saint Charles Bay to the north, and Mesquite Bay to the northeast. 
 
St. Charles Bay:
This bay is an inlet of Aransas Bay, and is bound by Blackjack peninsula on the east, and Lamar peninsula on the west. The bay and the neighboring ecosystem is prime habitat for the endangered Whooping Crane. Goose Island State Park and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge are located on the bay.  
 
Goose Island State Park Directions:  
The park is located 10 miles northeast of Rockport. Take SH 35 to Park Road 13; drive 2 miles east to the park entrance.