Mustang Island State Park is 3954 acres with about 5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, sunbathing, surfing, kayaking and excellent birding, especially during spring and fall migrations. The park is a stop on the Mustang Island Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
Mustang Island is a coastal barrier island with a unique and complicated ecosystem, dependent upon sand dunes. The island was first named "Wild Horse Island," then "Mustang," because of the wild horses, called "Mestenos," brought to the island by the Spaniards in the 1800s.
Admission to the main part of the park is $4 per day, per person 13 and older. Primitive camping is $8 per night and camp sites with hook-ups are $16 per night. The park is open all year but the main gate is usually closed from 10pm to 7am.
Fish Pass, on the bay side of the park, is one of the launch sites for the Mustang Island Paddling Trail. There is no entrance or parking fee for this area.
There is no vehicle crossing possible at the Fish Pass Jetties. Access to the area north of the jetties is by way of Beach Access Rd 2 and there is no entrance or parking fee. There are also barricades on the beach just north of Beach Access Rd 3 that prevent vehicle crossing. There is no entrance or parking fee for the immediate area south of the barricades.
Call 361-749-5246 for more information.