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“Free fishing”

Galveston Island State Park
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Half-Day Private Fishing Trip from Galveston
Ranked #17 of 106 things to do in Galveston
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Owner description: Historic park offering camping, hiking, bird watching, biking and swimming.
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Delightful! And, if you pay entrance to a State Park, you don't need a fishing permit to fish at that park. Great fun. Nice showers. Will do this again!

2  Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Galveston state park is on the West end of the island. It is easy to just blow by it and never notice what a treasure this is for campers, birders, and anyone who just loves the outdoors. This state park was purchased from private land owners and is located inside the city limits of Galveston, but don't let that keep you away. The beach side has wonderful campsites ranging from $15 -25 a night, depending on what amenities you need. There is the usual $5.00 entry fee,regardless day visit or camping. There are some wonderful showers and restrooms now. Lots of work has been done to the park since Ike hit in 2008. Remember since Ike, FEMA has set up protective sand dunes so the beach has a natural barrier between the park and the water. But it is still easy to walk to the beach and fish or enjoy the water and and beach. Since the campsites are on a crest, the wind can keep you cool and blow your tents away, so bring good anchoring materials, plus an extra tarp for wind break or rain cover is always advisable. Now, on the bay side... Wow, this can be a hikers paradise, lots of trails, birds, and wildlife. A big plus, is a being able to see the sun set on the bay side. If you are a camper, birder, or just love nature, this is a great park that is just minutes from the city... but at night pitch black dark. This is a small park, I would recommend calling for reservation ahead of time to guarantee a spot.

6  Thank wacomac
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

My son's scout troop camps on the bay side of Galveston State Park every year. They have running water and electricity at some of their camping sites. The newly constructed full restrooms & showers have been completed on the bay side. This is WONDERFUL! The layout is nice and comfortable and very roomy. The grounds are well kept and you can walk to the bay from the camp site. If you love camping, Galveston State Park is a great place! On the beach side, there are camping sites and picnic tables with grills. Rinse off showers are available after you exit the beach which is a plus.

6  Thank travelingkr2011
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Took a camping trip and spent several nights here. There are not many trees but the breeze off the ocean keeps everything cool. Nice restroom facilities and picnic tables. Would also be good for day trips. This is a State park so the same rules apply as all others.

4  Thank LoneStarRuby
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

So last year I reviewed Galveston Island State Park but warned people to stay on the beach side. Well last week (mid may) my 4 person camping troupe returned for our yearly trip to the beach. The last day of our trip we descided to wander over to the bay side of the park. Previously we had only driven through that side because we thought there was nothing to see there besides some flat land and grass. Boy were we wrong! We wandered over there around sunset and made our way to what looked like a fishing pier. It was really an overlook. There were beautiful clean hiking trails meandering through the marsh and bay tidal beach. At one point we crossed a baordwalk over the water and ended up in what reminded me of west texas. Flowering prickly pair cactuses were everywhere. We saw all kinds of interesting birds and found large numbers of complete (and empty) spiral shells - pocket fulls. The view of the bayside was nearly as amazing as the moonrise from the beach side. Anyway. There are 2 camping circles in the bay side. One is Tent camping only and features brand new REALLY nice restrooms with nice showers and even outdoor stainless steel sinks for doing your dishes. Each of the tent sites has a covered picknic table.The rv only circle doesn't have restrooms but they do have a really nice covered picnic area in the center of the circle. There were no covered tables in the rv area.

On the beach side there are 3 sections of rv or tent camping with really nice covered picnic areas in each site. The sites are farily close together though compared to other state parks. You can't actually see teh beach from the beach side because of the protective sand dunes, but you can hear the waves and it is only a very short walk over the dunes to the sea.
The water is greenish brown and when we went there was a 4 foot high wall of smelly red sea weed but we expected this as the state parks keeps the beach in a natural state. Eventually someone plowed a small walk way through the seaweed so people could more easily reach the water at low tide. There are not many shells on the beach but a few miles down under murdochs on the galveston sea wall I found a cool shark tooth. The wind whips though pretty fiercely no matter where you are in the park though and we always bring extra tarps to make a wind shield over the picnic area. Out tent poles actually snapped because of the high winds but the tent was old. Our neighbrs had a more sturdy tent and seems to be doing just fine. Overall this is a great park no matter what side you stay one.

11  Thank Kai M
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