At The Dyrt, we share camping tips from our community of campers and campgrounds. With so many campers staying home, we continue to share this info so you can plan future camping trips across the U.S.

The great state of Texas offers numerous camping spots and getaway destinations. Some of the best state parts are along the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico, offering beachside retreats without even leaving the state. Enjoy a number of secluded beach escapes that offer fun for the whole family in Texas with this guide to the best Corpus Christi RV parks.

Our Favorite Corpus Christi RV Parks

There are several excellent options for camping near Corpus Christi, all of which are camping and RV resorts near the Gulf Coast. Enjoy the luxury of resort-style camping while being right on the water at these Texas state parks all year round.

1.  Mustang Island State Park

Two young girls holding their dads hands while wading through the beach on a sunny day.

Image from The Dyrt camper JJ T.

For a great beach vacation, enjoy the 5-mile stretch of coastline at Mustang Island State Park. This park is great for a lazy beach afternoon or an actioned-packed day of surfing, hiking, and mountain biking. Fishing and birdwatching are also popular activities here, the latter especially so during the migratory seasons. Either way, enjoy a fun vacation in the sun at this Corpus Christi RV park.

This park offers 48 RV-ready back-in campsites with water, sewer, and electric hookups about 400 yards away from the beach and 50 primitive sites along the stretch of beach. The length limit for RVs and trailers is 65′. There is a $5 daily entrance fee. Sites with electricity are $20 per night, and primitive campsites are $10 per night.





Water, showers, and portable restrooms are available along the beach, and full restrooms and hot water showers are located near the campground. Fires are allowed only on designated areas on the beach. The park is pet friendly and has Wi-Fi.

Enjoy a unique paddling experience as you explore the 20 miles of water trails in the Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail. Explore the western shoreline of this Corpus Christi Bay island. The 3 parts of the trail are home to just a few of the greatest fishing spots in the state.

For hikers and bird watchers, explore the nearby Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail – a network of trails, bird sanctuaries, and nature conservation parks along the whole length of the coast. If you’d rather explore neighboring areas, you can visit Corpus Christi and see the Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington, or visit the turtles at Padre Island.

Mustang Island State Park is a great place to enjoy the beach, wildlife, and relaxation on the Gulf Coast in Texas. The park is open all year long, but the busiest seasons are spring and summer, so reserve your spot well in advance. In Texas, there is a 14-day stay limit in all state parks.

2.  Goose Island State Park

Pop up camper parked in gravel campsite beside picnic table in the forest.

Image from The Dyrt camper Shelly S.

Another excellent RV camping spot for nature and wildlife viewing is Goose Island State Park. Just north of Corpus Christi, Texas, this incredible location has camping spots along the bays of St. Charles and Port Aransas. This Texas state park is known for its diverse wildlife, especially birds. While there are many activities to enjoy at Goose Island State Park, swimming may not be one of them, due to the rough and slippery shoreline.

There are 44 back-in and pull-thru RV sites right on the bay, and 57 sites tucked under the trees. All sites have water and electricity hookups, and every camping loop has restrooms and showers. For tent campers, there are 25 walk-in campsites and a group camp for school trips or summer camps. These sites do not have electricity, and the length limit is 65′.

Goose Island State Park is open year-round. Fishing is a popular activity at Goose Island State Park, which has a 1,620-foot long pier and a fish cleaning station. You can also use their Tackle Loaner Program to borrow any fishing equipment you may need. There are also regular boating facilities for those who want to fish a little further out. Alligators are sometimes found in the park, so stay aware of the park’s alligator safety recommendations.

There are several nearby sites to visit in and around Goose Island State Park. The Big Tree is one of the world’s largest living oak trees, estimated to be almost 2,000 years old and standing 45 feet high. You can also visit the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the Texas Maritime Museum, or the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site.

Goose Island State Park is busy throughout most of the year, but quiet during December, the beginning of May, and the middle-to-end of September. Campsites with electricity on the bayfront is $22 per night, while non-bayfront electric sites are $18. Walk-in campsites with water are $10 per night. All sites also include the $5 daily entrance fee.

3.  Lake Corpus Christi

Cars parked beside tents at campground under a full moon.

Image from The Dyrt camper Chris S.

An excellent destination for RV camping and activities in the sun is Lake Corpus Christi State Park. This is a great family-friendly spot for water activities such as jet-skiing, fishing, and boating, as well as land activities like biking, hiking, and nature watching.

For RV campers, there is an impressive 110′ length limit. There are 26 full hookups pull-thru campsites, 23 campsites with electrical hookups and water only, and 59 campsites with only water. All of these sites have a fire pit and a picnic table. Full hookup campsites start at $25 per night. Campsites with electricity are $20 per night, and campsites with water are $10 per night. The daily entrance fee is $5.

If you don’t have an RV, there are 15 screened shelters and 10 cabins for rent. Each shelter has water, electricity, fire pit, and two twin beds, great for easy-going campers who just need a place to sleep. Cabins are air-conditioned but do not have a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room.

Lake Corpus Christi is 18,256 acres large and provides quite a diversity of fish, including bass, crappie, blue, catfish, sunfish. There are 2 fishing piers in the park, one of which is wheelchair accessible. It is also an excellent spot for birdwatching.

Visit the nearby town of Corpus Christi to enjoy the local culture, shopping, and museums, or explore the Brush Country Loop of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails to see some of the best wildlife in Texas. Weekends in Lake Corpus Christi State Park are busiest, especially in the late winter through early summer. The park is open year-round.

Last Word

Enjoy some of the best nature, coast, and wildlife in Texas by escaping to the Gulf of Mexico. These parks offer a great of life on the water, while still being close to the town of Corpus Christi for access to shops and restaurants.

This beautiful stretch of coastline is home to many fantastic places to stay. Other great stops include Padre Palms RV park, Puerto del Sol RV park, and Colonia Del Rey RV park. Corpus Christi RV parks on the Gulf of Mexico provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation and fun.

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