|You are here: GulfBase > Reefs, Banks & Islands > Galveston Island||•|
Galveston Island is a sand-barrier island located between the southeast coast of Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. The island was probably first discovered by Europeans in 1518 and was often called by the Spaniards Snake Island or Isla de Culebras, as were several others of the Texas coastal islands, such as St. Joseph Island. Located on the island is the Galveston Island State Park, an 8.9 square km preserve which offers camp and trailer sites, fishing, swimming, and nature trails. The park was opened in 1970 and attracts thousands of visitors each year. It boasts the largest wetland restoration project ever undertaken in a Texas state park, the Galveston Wetlands Project.
Nearest Largest City: Galveston, Texas, USA
Area of Coverage: 209 km2
Width: 4.8 km
Length: 43.5 km
Important habitats within Galveston Island include salt meadows, beach, dunes, wetlands and coastal prairies. The island is on a migratory flyway and also provides a permanent residence for numerous bird species including wading and shore birds, and mottled and mallard ducks. The area is also home to raccoons, armadillos and marsh rabbits. Fish species found here include spotted seatrout, sandtrout, redfish, black drum, croaker and flounder.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). URL: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/galvesto/
The Hand Book of Texas Online - Galveston Island. URL: http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/GG/rrg2.html
Wild Texas - GalvestonIsland State Park
The Hand Book of Texas Online - Galveston Island
Texas Parks & Wildlife - State Parks &Historic Sites, Galveston Island State Park
Keywords: Coastal prairie, Salt meadow, Sand dune, Shore bird, Mottled duck, Mallard duck, Raccoon, Armadillo, Seatrout, Sandtrout, Redfish, Black drum, Croaker, Flounder
Update this reef, bank or island's info
GulfBase is a project of the
Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
To give proper credit to the original authors, please cite information taken from GulfBase by the original source as displayed.
To cite GulfBase, use: F. Moretzsohn, J.A. Sánchez Chávez, and J.W. Tunnell, Jr., Editors. 2013. GulfBase: Resource Database for Gulf of Mexico Research. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://www.gulfbase.org, 18 June 2013.
|You are visitor since October 15, 2002.||GulfBase Team Contact Info|