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Old 01-06-2015, 09:19 AM   #1
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Will be traveling thru southern Texas around the end of January/early Feb. We expect to be in the area for several weeks. The only reservations we have are at a B&B on the River Walk in San Antonio for Valentines Day, otherwise we are winging it. For that weekend we will Toad into San Antonio and leave the RV behind.

We're in a 39' Disco and are thinking of settling in somewhere south of San Antonio, hopefully near the coast. We'll be coming in from the Tombstone area and are PPA members, but are not locked into *only* PPA campgrounds.

We've never been in that part of the world and are looking for any advise on good campgrounds, ones to avoid and should I be really really making reservations now. We hate being locked into having to be someplace on a certain day but don't want to spend 2 weeks at Walmart either

Any tips on the area would be most appreciated
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We have some friends that stay at Bayview RV Park, just south of the bridge. THey are there now and like the friendliness of the park. Older park, but well kept. We stop there on the way to the valley each year. Worth a visit.
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Just got back from Goose Island SP in Rockport on Sunday. We stayed from Dec 21st - Jan 3rd. The area is nice, but the SP is TIGHT. Lots of overhanging trees, tight spaces (unless you're out on the beach sites), and not many amenities in the park itself. With a 39' MH, I'd say either stick to the beach sites or if you want a wooded area, look at the sites in the 150's. There are a few other spots, but the inner loops are TIGHT.

If you're disabled military (like I am) and have I think 80% or higher rating, you get a Texas State Parks Pass that covers 2 people. This can save you $10-$15 a day in every Texas SP and is good for like 100 years or something crazy.

If you're a bird watcher, you'll love it. My wife is a wildlife biologist and loves birding, so she had a great 2 weeks.

I did a bunch of fishing and at times couldn't keep up with 2 poles in the water.

If you have dogs, there is a big fenced in dog park in Rockport. There are big and small dog areas and I want to say it's easily close to 3 acres of fenced area for them to run around.

Lots of good restaurants. You HAVE to hit Rockport Doughnut.....fantastic! Check Yelp before you hit any place to eat, there are some really good places that look like dives and some really bad places that look like palaces. You MUST eat at the Butter Churn....WOW! Probably my new favorite place to eat EVER.

For TV, obviously if you have satellite you're good, but we also picked up about 18 local OTA channels that came in great.

As for other parks in the area, the ones we saw driving around were........parking lots, to put it nicely.

If you plan to stay on the water be ready for 2 things.....wind and air boat noise.

We stayed at site 118. I had to trim a few branches to get in here, but it fit.....barely.


This was fishing near the bridge in the SP, just across from the boat launch area....couldn't keep up with the Black and Red Drum.




The wife doing her bird thing on Christmas morning....


Whopping Cranes over near the Big Tree area just outside the park.....


The whole area is loaded with Live Oaks. This is the area they call Big Tree.....




The wife and I out on the jetty in Port Aransas. It was REALLY windy this day, but still pretty nice.....
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Rockport has many parks and almost all have vacancies for short term. I only reserve there if we want to stay a month. Take a look at Port Aransas. It is on an outer island,Mustang Island, and you can dry camp on the beach for a very small fee. There is a county park (I.B. Magee county park) on the beach that has water/elec. and dump station. You can watch the ships come into the inland waterway at this spot. Check out parks using RV parks revues.
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Just got back from Goose Island SP in Rockport on Sunday. We stayed from Dec 21st - Jan 3rd. The area is nice, but the SP is TIGHT. Lots of overhanging trees, tight spaces (unless you're out on the beach sites), and not many amenities in the park itself. With a 39' MH, I'd say either stick to the beach sites or if you want a wooded area, look at the sites in the 150's. There are a few other spots, but the inner loops are TIGHT.

If you're disabled military (like I am) and have I think 80% or higher rating, you get a Texas State Parks Pass that covers 2 people. This can save you $10-$15 a day in every Texas SP and is good for like 100 years or something crazy.

If you're a bird watcher, you'll love it. My wife is a wildlife biologist and loves birding, so she had a great 2 weeks.

I did a bunch of fishing and at times couldn't keep up with 2 poles in the water.

If you have dogs, there is a big fenced in dog park in Rockport. There are big and small dog areas and I want to say it's easily close to 3 acres of fenced area for them to run around.

Lots of good restaurants. You HAVE to hit Rockport Doughnut.....fantastic! Check Yelp before you hit any place to eat, there are some really good places that look like dives and some really bad places that look like palaces. You MUST eat at the Butter Churn....WOW! Probably my new favorite place to eat EVER.

For TV, obviously if you have satellite you're good, but we also picked up about 18 local OTA channels that came in great.

As for other parks in the area, the ones we saw driving around were........parking lots, to put it nicely.

If you plan to stay on the water be ready for 2 things.....wind and air boat noise.

We stayed at site 118. I had to trim a few branches to get in here, but it fit.....barely.


This was fishing near the bridge in the SP, just across from the boat launch area....couldn't keep up with the Black and Red Drum.




The wife doing her bird thing on Christmas morning....


Whopping Cranes over near the Big Tree area just outside the park.....


The whole area is loaded with Live Oaks. This is the area they call Big Tree.....




The wife and I out on the jetty in Port Aransas. It was REALLY windy this day, but still pretty nice.....
X2 on the area.. stayed at Drifters - a very nice park.

And the Big Tree is big...!
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X2 on the area.. stayed at Drifters - a very nice park.

And the Big Tree is big...!
Oops... forgot I had this pic of the "fishing sites"
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We've been going to Goose Island for well over 30 years.
Love that place.....
We always park on the waterfront. The mosquitos are brutal back in the trees in the summertime.
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Ardbark;


Don't know if you mean actual campgrounds, or also RV parks, but here is a link for local RV parks in/near Rockport.


Rockport Texas RV Parks and Campgrounds


There are many nice parks in the area, reasonable prices, and different levels of amenities.


Good luck and enjoy the area.


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Don't know if you mean actual campgrounds, or also RV parks, but here is a link for local RV parks in/near Rockport.


Rockport Texas RV Parks and Campgrounds


There are many nice parks in the area, reasonable prices, and different levels of amenities.


Good luck and enjoy the area.


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Thanks for the link, parks for the most part I think. I've been all over RV Park Review as well as PPA's web site (which I'm a member) and there are close to 60 just in the Corpus Christi/Rockport area alone. A daunting task to narrow the field when you've never been there, hence my question to the group.

My main concern was being shut out and ending up in a Wallyworld parking lot. With that many RV Parks in the area I imagine we can find something without a reservation. We plan on staying for a couple of weeks at least so PPA would be easier on the wallet but its not the end of the world either way and a 55 and over park would be bonus points Looks like there are about 7 or 8 PPAs in the area, Bay View being one of them (which John recommended earlier)
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After you narrow your search to a few parks take a look at them on Google Earth or other satellite views. Some aren't what they advertise. But then you are senior member so you know that.
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Flaggship1. What month were you in Rockport and what were you using for bait.

I wonder how Kayaks would do for fishing.

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Flaggship1. What month were you in Rockport and what were you using for bait.

I wonder how Kayaks would do for fishing.

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Nov 13 - Dec 1st. We, unfortunately were not fishing. Others were and it was reported to be very good fishing on the windy side of the "beach sites" in the Goose Island state park. We saw folks yak fishin but not sure how they did or what they used. Did see this guy pulling em from his cooler and fileting away.
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If you are retired military, 100% disabled, retired DOD, check out Ft.Sam Houston RV park, about 5-7 miles from river walk.Very convenient for touring San Antonio and river walk shopping.
Re: PPA, Keep in mind during high occupancy months many RV parks enforce restrictions. These are set by each RV park not PPA, so check their advertisement in the directory restrictions.
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Ruffian,

I was using Cajun Thunder's with shrimp hanging about 2' below the surface and also putting shrimp on the bottom. The shrimp on the bottom was getting me the best results. Again, I literally could not keep up with 2 poles.

Kayaks would have been tough to fish from while we were there. We brought the kayak but never even unloaded it. It was just too windy and you'd be fighting it the whole time.

In Texas, if you fish from shore or a pier you don't need a fishing license, but if you wade fish or otherwise go off-shore, you need a fishing license.
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