Mustang Island State Park

Mustang Island State Park is part of the Texas State Park system. It is the only state park on either Mustang Island or North Padre Island. The Mustang Island State Park would is about five miles from the bridge that crosses the Packery Channel when coming from North Padre Island. When heading south on State Hwy 361 from Port Aransas the Mustang Island State Park entrance is about 13 miles from Port Aransas Texas. There are two beach access roads that provide entrance to the north and south boundaries of the park. However to access the Mustang Island State Park by vehicle the State Park entrance located on State Highway 361 is the only access point. A small entrance fee is required per vehicle to come into the park.   The entrance fee is well worth spending if you plan to spend a few hours at the park. The facilities available for day use include picnic area, grills, fresh water rinse showers and restrooms. There is also a pedestrian only beach at right inside the entrance of Mustang Island State Park.

Beach and Bay

The Mustang Island State Park is divided by State Highway 361. One side of the park is on the East side of the highway. This is the Gulf of Mexico portion of the State Park. It is the portion of the Mustang Island State Park that has camping hookups, day use facilities and the Park Office.

On the West side of State Highway 361 is and additional portion of Mustang Island State Park. This portion of the Park borders the Fish Pass. A small bridge on State Hwy 361 crosses over the Fish Pass. Entering this portion of the Park provides access to the wetlands and fishing flats that are adjacent to the Corpus Christi Bay. On the southside of the bridge is a gravel road that leads to the Fish Pass. This is a good spot for birding. On the northside of the bridge is a dirt road the provides access all the way back to water on the backside of Mustang Island. The road can be a little rough in some areas so a high clearance vehicle is recommended. After a significant rain passing through this road can be extremly difficult. This road that runs along the edge of Fish Pass leads to the starting point of the the Mustang Island Paddling Loop enjoyed by kayakers from all over the state. This is also a great location for those who enjoy wade fishing to find access to some great saltwater fishing flats.

The Mustang Island State Park is a great location to spend the day enjoying the beaches on the Texas Gulfcoast. The park has both beach camping and RV camping. There is a day use beach area that is a nice spot to picnic and spend a day at the beach. The Fish Pass Jetties are located with in the Mustang Island State Park boundaries. Located at the northern end of the park the jetties are one of the main attractions for many visitors at to the Mustang Island State Park.