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Old 12-10-2014, 09:47 PM   #15
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Bolivar peninsula/Crystal Beach just east of Galveston has 27 miles of beach and you can boondock anywhere along the peninsula. Also, as Protagonist mentioned, Sam Rayburn Reservoir has some really nice COE campgrounds. We stayed at Rayburn Park and San Augustine campgrounds. Lots of pine trees and huge lake. Just a couple hours from the coast.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:59 PM   #16
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Texas Gulf Coast recommendations....

Thanks everyone for your input. I now have to poor over a map to find out we're these places are. Will they be busy in February and March? Does one have to be concerned about reservations? Finally, does the Core of Engineer parks allow just anyone to stay or do you have to be military or ex military. In my case, will they let us Canadians stay there?

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Thanks everyone for your input. I now have to poor over a map to find out we're these places are. Will they be busy in February and March? Does one have to be concerned about reservations? Finally, does the Core of Engineer parks allow just anyone to stay or do you have to be military or ex military. In my case, will they let us Canadians stay there?
Corps of Engineers parks are open to the general public. Even Canadians. Reservations are not required, but it doesn't hurt to have one. They're likely to be half-empty in the middle of the week, busier on weekends.
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The Corp of Engineers park at Canyon Lake, Texas always has campsites set aside for walk-up customers. You can access info for your particular campground online.


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Old 12-11-2014, 08:23 PM   #19
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Most places are booked on Galveston Island during Mardi Gras (2nd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the USA) so if your plans take you to that area at that time you may want to check on availability or choose an alternate place to visit at that time. But Galveston Island is a great place to visit with plenty of activities and things to do and see to entertain you for at least a week.
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Not on the coast.. but, just West of I35...close enough to Austin, Killeen, other places you might want to see.. without a lot of noise when you want quiet..

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Most places are booked on Galveston Island during Mardi Gras (2nd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the USA) so if your plans take you to that area at that time you may want to check on availability or choose an alternate place to visit at that time. But Galveston Island is a great place to visit with plenty of activities and things to do and see to entertain you for at least a week.
This might be a stupid question but what dates is Mardi Gras?

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Not on the coast.. but, just West of I35...close enough to Austin, Killeen, other places you might want to see.. without a lot of noise when you want quiet..

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Boy this looks like a fine place also...
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This might be a stupid question but what dates is Mardi Gras?

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Mardi Gras... (French for "Fat Tuesday") precedes the Christian observance of "Lent".

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Mardi Gras... (French for "Fat Tuesday") precedes the Christian observance of "Lent".

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The Mardi Gras "season" typically lasts for two weeks, culminating in Fat Tuesday. I don't know about Galveston, but here in the New Orleans area there are parades by Mardi Gras Krewes every night, and every weekend afternoon, for the entire two-week period. So that "February 2-17" posted by Frank&Mike isn't wrong.
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We love the Rockport area, very laid back and friendly. We have friends there and camp in their yard when we are in the area. Most RV parks are a bit to crowded for us but we really liked Mustang Island SP. Good luck!!
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In Aransas Pass.. The Palms RV Park, Aransas Pass

The site is actively monitored and they are a great bunch of folks. I would like to stay there for an extended time...maybe in the future...
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