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thinking of camping here march/april but this is my first trip so i have 2 questions.
1. is it generally too windy on the island to tent camp would it be calmer than beach camping?
2. should i bring kayaks or just bank/pier fish?
By hipshot
They MAY have some sites open in the woods by then, but the beachfront sites will not be open for some time yet. The pier will also be closed for a long time to come. The ramp is open, and you can still use the Big Tree launch.
By Tombo
Talked to one of the employees at the gate two weeks ago. The roads to the waterfront sites are in need of repair and have no idea when the roads, much less the waterfront sites will be open. The goal was to open up the wooded sites by March. Check before coming down.
By Blustar29
Update: I was down there mid June and stopped by the entrance to the GISP and spoke to the park office staff. The Island is still closed to overnight camping, but redfish road section (right side of the Island after you cross the bridge) is open to day activities and if your camping in the wooded section, you can go fishing over there any time you want. But there isn't any water or electric yet. The left side of the island (trout road I believe) is not open for anything including the pier.

So I asked what needs to happen before the island is back up and running for camping and the pier is open again. Honestly, they don't have a clue and I don't mean that as a jab at the staff. She said the roads need to fixed first and that's a TxDot (Tx Dept of Transportation) project. No work on the camp sites or the piers will be started until the roads are repaired and work crews have a good surface to drive in on.

I'm betting 3-5 years. It's been almost a year and the only real work that's been done on the Island has been the bathrooms and the covered areas have been cleaned out. Park staff got that done, but everything else is a wait and see as the roads are a TxDot project and I suspect bids will be put out on the rest of the work. I was told everything on the pier will need to be replaced except for the pilings, the bulkhead along the east part of the Island most likely needs to be replaced, and the water and electric services both need repair work or be replaced.

And there's the damage to Mustang Island SP and Galveston SP also. Powder Horn SP was supposed to open this summer per the original plans, but I'm sure all that's been moved way out till all three of the existing parks get the needed work done to get them up and going.

So Harvey's damage will linger for years to come as far as Texas State Parks along the coast. And will our parks get any help from those yahoo's down at the state capital? I seriously doubt it. They have a history over the last dozen years or so of robbing the fund that supports TPWD and the parks they manage. I asked my rep last time he knocked on my door about the funding issue for the parks. That was pretty much a waste of time. Got the song and dance about "more urgent matters" that need to be dealt with. :roll:
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By TexasJim
After Harvey, TPWD did everything required to continue collecting the taxes they call "Fees". Not very much work on the facilities and infrastructure we pay to use. The TPWD office in Rockport was basically minimally damaged, but it has been closed for 11 months, and they have just begun to repair it. The Game Wardens are out collecting "data", they call "Satisfaction Surveys" at the boat ramps, and looking for something to ticket you over. The Goose Island Park problem is that it's a State Park, and they have lots of them to deal with, and apparently the "roads"(cheap, thin blacktop) are a TEXDOT responsibility. Like Blu said, it may be 3 to 5 years before they're fixed.
I contacted my State Representative's office about a TPWD/boat matter, and they responded(politely) that due to Federal Funding, their hands are tied. Meaning, they get scads of money from Uncle Sam, and they have to obey Sam's rules or the money gets cut off.
I vote, but nothing changes. Oops! Yes it does; it gets worse. TexasJim
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By DennisB
My family camped and fished Goose Island often back in the '60s. My scout troop camped there too. Lots of memories, especially mosquitoes, my first sighting of a "feral" hog, the COLDEST ever night camping, etc. Anyway, while I've never been a pollical "activist", I did contact the governor's office ( https://gov.texas.gov/apps/contact ) and urged him to prod the legislature to get the park restored. Since I'm retired and have a little time on my hands, I'll also get ahold of state senator Hancock (my district in Ft Worth) and Kolkhorst for Rockport and state rep Morrison, with similar requests.

Will this do any good? Dunno. I'm not the optimist I used to be.

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