Dallas Downriver Club

Goose Island State Park

Date: November 26-29 2019 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Compano Bay / St Charles bay / Gulf of Mexico Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: TBD by water levels Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: Class I * (See scale below) E-mail: FCO@down-river.com
Rendezvous: Goose Island SP
Campground: Goose Island SP Restricted to DDRC Members Only

Trip Description:

We will be base camping at Goose Island State Park with direct access to the bay. This is a great trip to kayak the Gulf coast bays. We'll be both touring the bays, and doing some fishing in Copano Bay and St. Charles Bay. People usually fish for Speckled trout and Reds. Don't forget your fishing license! If you don't have one already, you can purchase one at the park. Our schedule will be decided by wind and conditions. We also have the option of doing the Lighthouse paddling trail near Port Aransas.


 Early Campsite Reservations are a must- Reservations will open for Thanksgiving weekend 5 months in advance, so set a calendar alert to make reservations the last week of June, as the snowbirds book up this park. If you reserve, what you want is bay front elec. water premium campsites #1 thru #44. I would highly suggest you reserve as soon as reservations open, as you can always cancel later. Youʼll want your own site for a camping trailer. TPWD Reservations # 512-389-8900.



On Saturday night we will have our Thanksgiving Potluck featuring Cajun Fried Turkey and your favorite side or dessert.  Bring food and cooking supplies for all other meals. Be prepared to take a lunch and water with you on our day trips. 



Kayaks and sit on tops are best suited for bay paddling, but some have used canoes. This time of year, weather can be all over the place, so bring a good tent and all weather protection for yourself. Again, If you plan to fish don't forget your fishing license. Be sure and bring a PFD, a Whistle, and (an anchor for your boat, if you plan to fish). If you have a GPS device you might want to bring that also.



Directions from Dallas:


1. Take i-35 south to Austin, then hwy. 183 to Goliad, then after passing Goliad take hwy. 239 east to Tivoli,Tx.,  then south on hwy. 35 to Lamar, TX. and left at the Exxon station onto Park Road 13. which will be right before you get to Copano Bay.( If you get to the bay bridge you've gone to far.) Follow the park road 13 east to Goose Island state park.


2, Take i-35 to Waco, then after passing Waco, continue to Lorena and go east on county rd. 2837 to hwy. 77, turn south and follow hwy. 77 to Victoria. (Watch out for speed trap in Rosebud,Texas south of Waco on 77. )As you get to Victoria watch for the loop and go right on it around to where you pick up 77 again and follow hwy. 77 south to hwy. 239 and turn east (left) on hwy.239 to Tivoli and turn south (right) on hwy. 35 and follow down to Lamar and take a left at the Exxon station ( which will be right before you get to Copano Bay.(If you get to the bay bridge you've gone to far.) follow Park Road 13
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