After years of recovery from hurricane damage, Sea Rim State Park on the upper Texas coast is celebrating its grand reopening this summer.
The park is located south of Port Arthur, about 10 miles west of Sabine Pass along State Highway 87. Hurricanes Ike and Rita struck the park in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Extensive infrastructure damage forced the park to close for several years after the 2005 hurricane, and though the park opened again with limited services in 2009, it has not been fully operational until this summer’s reopening.
Now, after nearly $4.5 million of redevelopment, the 4,100-acre park is coming back strong, with a brand new boardwalk on the dunes, a six-person rental cabin, additional beach camping with restrooms, and a new day use area with picnic tables and shelters.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says these improvements mark the conclusion of Phase I of the park’s renewal, with Phase II expected to begin as additional funding becomes available. Future development will include a permanent park headquarters, restrooms with showers near the Piping Plover camping loop of the park, and elevated tent platforms facing the gulf.
Sea Rim State Park originally opened in 1977, offering visitors the opportunity to see Texas coastal wildlife up close, including fish, turtles, frogs, ducks, and the American alligator, known to reside in the park’s marshlands.
The park includes 5.2 miles of beachfront and more than 16 miles of paddling trails, with primitive beach camping available along with 15 new full-service campsites. Guests at the park also enjoy fishing, swimming, and seasonal public waterfowl hunting.
This video by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department describes the park's renewal and reopening:
For more information on Sea Rim State Park, or to plan a trip, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/sea-rim.