Boca Chica State Park, Brownsville

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Boca Chica State Park is a Texas state park located in the Boca Chica Subdelta of the Rio Grande near Brownsville in southeastern Cameron County, Texas in the United States. The park was acquired and opened in May 1994.HistoryThe area was granted by the State of Tamaulipas to Ygnacio Trevino on January 24, 1829, as part of the Potrero de San Martin Grant. (Brazos Island was granted separately and earlier by the King of Spain.) A road was built down Brazos Island, across Boca Chica Bay to the Rio Grande in 1846. To cross Boca Chica Bay, General Zachary Taylor built a floating bridge to transport military supplies. Some of the cypress pilings still stand north of a monument.In July 2007 Texas Parks & Wildlife entered into a 50 year lease agreement with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and is now part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.ActivitiesActivities permitted on the adjacent Del Mar and Boca Chica Beach include picnicking, wading, swimming, birding, natural history observation, camping, fishing (with a license), and surfing. All are subject to disruption by offshore storms at any season and from June through November by tropical storms and hurricanes. SpaceX recently announced that they would build an orbital rocket launch facility adjacent to the State Park. Construction began in September 2014.
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  • August 4, 2017
    The pelicans and people were fishing. You can see for miles...the jetties, the history and Padre Island across the channel.  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    We like to get away from the crowds and this was a great place to do it. We also had a small ATV with us and this was a great place to ride it. The wildlife was much better than the beach at SPI. We w...  more »
  • May 29, 2017
    I am from Corpus Christi so I'm used to living in a coastal city so i just expected more. The road goes around in a ciecle about a mile and half with two parking areas for a stop on the jetties. And t...  more »

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