2017-09-01 / Amenities

Park offers amenities for beach stay

Folks staying at I.B. Magee Jr. park can enjoy a number of comforts. Folks staying at I.B. Magee Jr. park can enjoy a number of comforts. Located on the northern tip of Mustang Island in Port Aransas, the 167-acre I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park is a favorite destination for campers, RV’ers and fishermen.

Part of the Nueces County Coastal Parks system, the park offers camping, a bathhouse and a third-floor observation deck at the $1.8-million headquarters where guests are able to see the unforgettable sight of a stretch of water to the horizon.

The park office is open from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day.

It is located at 321 N. On the Beach, between Cotter Avenue and Beach Street.

Primitive beach camping is $12 per night, with access to the beach shower house (four quarters for four minutes) and bathrooms on the beach. Wireless internet access, climate-controlled restrooms and laundry facilities also are available for campers.

Overnight stays are $25 per night for RVs.The weekly rate, seven nights, for the sites is $150. If a party includes more than eight people, an additional site must be reserved.

Sites may be rented on a monthly basis from October through March for $450.

Tent campsites can be rented for $20, which includes water and electricity with a shower facility. A limit of three vehicles and up to eight people is allowed at each site.

Check-in is 2 p.m. and check-out is noon.

Reservations may be made by calling (361) 749-6117 or (888) 878- 9126.

Day parking on the beach from the south jetty to Horace Caldwell Pier is under county jurisdiction and is free (no beach parking permit required). The day-use area along the park has beachfront picnic tables and a protected swim area free of vehicular traffic. South from the pier, a beach parking window sticker is required at a cost of $12 per year.

Campers and beach goers are warned not to drive or park their cars within 50 feet of the water’s edge or to bring any glass to the beach. These both violate city ordinances and may result in fines.

Horace Caldwell Pier

Located within the park is Horace Caldwell Pier, a concrete and well-lighted pier that is 1,200 feet long and provides access to fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

The pier, on Beach Street, is open 12 hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $3 to enter.

Those who would like to fish, but don’t have poles, can rent poles for two hours for $20, (plus admission) and must pay a $20 deposit that is refundable.

Each guest is limited to three poles, for which they are required to pay $4 per pole brought on the pier.

Permits (tickets) that are given after entering the pier expire the following day at 5 a.m.

Children under six, law enforcement and media are admitted for free and senior citizens and active military are admitted for half price.

The pier has a restaurant, Keepers, that serves lunch and dinner, and if interested in a “cold one,” they have that too. Fishing products, including poles, bait and tackle, are for sale, as well as souvenirs and sundries. Surfboard rentals also are offered for those who’d like to hang 10.

The park was named in memory of I.B. Magee Jr., a Port Aransas resident who was widely known for his community support. Magee lived in a house near the park, where he could watch visitors enjoying the park.

For more information, call the park office at (361) 749-6117.You may contact Keepers at (361) 749- 5333.

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