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GC: Campgrounds in the Golden Crescent

July 25, 2012 at 2:25 a.m.


Story by Jessica Rodrigo/jrodrigo@vicad.com

For many, summer officially ends Labor Day weekend. The Golden Crescent offers a variety of family or one-on-one activities. Here is a list of the places and the amenities available:

Saxet Lakes

Location: Timber Drive at Fordyce and Fox roads, Victoria

Activities: Fishing, swimming, picnicking and boating

Lodging: Campsites

Hours of operation: Opens 7 a.m. daily, closes at 8 p.m. in the winter, 9 p.m. in the summer.

For more information: Call 361-485-3119

Coleto Creek Reservoir and Park

Location: 15 miles west-southwest of Victoria off U.S. Highway 59, Victoria

Activities: Hiking trails, picnic area, swimming and playgrounds

Lodging: Cabins $65-$85 per night and campsites

Hours of operation: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

For more information: Call 361-575-6366 to make reservations

Palmetto State Park

Location: 78 Park Road 11 South, Gonzales

Activities: Camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, birding, nature study, pedal boat and canoe rentals, swimming and tubing

Lodging: Cabins and campsites

Hours of operation: Open daily. Gate is locked only when the park is closed for emergencies.

Additional information: Overnight guests are advised to make reservations at least two to three weeks ahead of time from March to November.

For more information: Call 830-672-3266; to make reservations, call 512-389-8900.

Goliad State Park:

Location: 108 Park Road 6, Goliad

Activities: Camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming (city of Goliad operates a junior Olympic swimming pool across from the park), nature study, and historical study. Access to the Goliad Paddling Trail also available.

Lodging: Shelters and campsites

Hours of operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

For more information, call 361-645-3405; to make reservations, call 512-389-8900.

Lake Texana State Park:

Location: 46 Park Road 1, Edna

Activities: Camping, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing on the main lake, canoeing, picnicking, lake swimming, hiking, birding and fishing

Lodging: Campsites

Hours of operation: Open daily. Gate open 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

For more information: Call 361-782-5718; to make overnight reservations, call 512-389-8900.

Port Aransas Beach:

Location: Port Aransas Beach

Activities: Swimming, bodysurfing, boogie boarding, and surfing

Lodging: Campsites and RVs welcome

Hours of operation: Open daily, year-round.

For more information: Call 361-749-4111.

Brackenridge Park and Campground:

Location: 891 Brackenridge Parkway, Edna

Activities: Hike and bike trails, fishing, boating, sports and picnicking

Lodging: Cabins $180 per night and campsites

Hours of operation: By appointment only

For more information: Call to make reservations at 361-782-5456 or visit brackenridgepark.com.

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