A Quick Stop – Where the Gulf Meets the Marsh
“Mosquitos big enough to carry away a camper” was what we read about our next stop on a blog. While this may have been an exaggeration it wasn’t far off the mark. Sea Rim State Park is on the gulf but also sits on a marsh and the bugs during the early mornings and evenings are intense. Luckily during the day there was a slight five to ten mph wind which made it okay to be outside.
This is a small State Park and you have a choice of staying in one of the fifteen campsites at Piping Plover Camping Loop right off the beach or directly on the beach in the East (or West) Beach Primitive Camping Areas. We stayed in the Piping Plover Camping Loop.
This park offers 5.2 miles of Gulf shoreline and 4,000 acres of marshlands. At the park you can go birding, beach combing, paddling (canoe/kayak), swimming, fishing, hunting (in season), and strolling along the beach or through the marsh. It is interesting to note that in Texas you do not need a license to fish from shore or in the marsh in a state park. They also have tackle in the Ranger’s Station to loan you while you are there.
However, to reach Sea Rim State Park you have to drive next to the intracoastal waterway and through an industrial area to a remote area outside Port Arthur, called Sabine Pass. The drive to the park is through a very unattractive area but thankfully the campground is a good distance away. There isn’t anything but industry close by so we brought everything we thought we would need.
The beach is a brown, sand beach that is not well maintained. Don and I spent some time picking up trash that had washed up on the beach. It looks like this could be a daily task. However, shells were plentiful and on a stroll on the beach you could quickly get your fill.
Gambusia Nature Trail
When we checked-in the Ranger told us he had taken a walk along the Gambusia Nature Trail (marsh trail) earlier that day. He said he saw 3 bobcats and an alligator. We took the hike several times but unfortunately didn’t see those animals but did see a large number of ducks.
The trail was beautiful. It was a raised wooden walkway, built directly over the marsh, and based on the scat on the walkway, it is also used by many large animals.
Thoughts about our visit
We only stayed here a couple of nights and it is not a park we will return to visit. However, you could hear the surf at night from the RV, the park was quiet, everyone was very welcoming, and the weather was great.
(According to Sea Rim State Park)
- ABSOLUTELY DO NOT feed or annoy the alligators!
- Keep pets on a leash. Do not throw objects in the water for your dog to retrieve.
- Keep at least 30 feet from an alligator – do not assume they are slow moving.
- Swimming allowed only in the Gulf of Mexico
- If an alligator goes after a fish you have caught, cut the line and let the alligator have the fish.
- Stay clear of grasses, twigs and/or soil near the side of a trail. It may be a nest and the mother alligator is probably close by guarding it.
- If an alligator opens its mouth and hisses, you have come too close. Retreat slowly; make no quick moves. Keep your eyes on the alligator.
- Above all, NEVER get close enough to threaten an alligator!
What do you think happened that made them think “We need a rule for that”?