MUSTANG ISLAND STATE PARK

Christopher Long

MUSTANG ISLAND STATE PARK. Mustang Island State Park is located on Park Road 53 at the southern end of Mustang Island in far eastern Nueces County. The site was purchased from private owners in 1972 and comprises 3,703 acres, including 5½ miles of beaches. The park is covered with dunes, some up to thirty-five feet in height, and is home to a wide variety of coastal vegetation, including various grasses, shrubs, and forbs. Tidal flats and marshy areas on the bay side of the island are characterized by salt-tolerant plants, but depressions that hold water after heavy rains also support dense growths of cattails, bullrushes, and sedges. Native animals include ground squirrels, gophers, grasshopper mice, rice rats, cotton rats, rabbits, opossums, raccoons, skunks, armadillos, and a small number of coyotes. Shorebirds are common, and waterfowl and other migratory birds can be observed during various seasons. Facilities include restrooms, showers, several convenience stores, and picnic tables.

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Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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