Boondocking Site Review – Sea Rim State Park, Sabine Pass, TX
2015 UPDATE -> Sea Rim State Park has been re-built and camping is (unfortunately) no longer free here. There is now a $10/night camping fee for primitive camping on the beach and a $20/night camping fee for the new water/electric sites on the pavement. There is also an additional $3/day entrance fee (which can be covered with a Texas State Park Pass). Please see the updated State Park website page for more info.
So, I’ve been trying to come up with a good method for reviewing and sharing our boondocking spots as we travel out West. Clearly things like facilities and amenities don’t apply to this kind of camping. For me, boondocking is all about getting “out there”, so I’m going to focus on it from that point of view and swap out the ratings to items which apply to that. This is a new category for me, so feel free to chime in and let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see which is missing:
Location: Sea Rim State Park, Sabine Pass, TX
Coordinates: 29.674966,-94.044471. Link to map location HERE.
Cost: FREE (no permits required)
How We Found It: By accident. I was looking for camping along the North TX coast using Google Maps. Spotted the green area of McFaddin National Wildlife/Sea Rim and called up the rangers to ask about it.
Nearest Dump/Water: ?? Not sure. Spotted some private RV parks coming down SH 87 at Sabine Pass so that would probably be the place to ask.
- Access – 5/5
Very easy access and camping here, even for big-rigs. The road leading down to the coast (SH 87) is excellent and the State Park itself is clearly marked all the way from Port Arthur. The park has concrete roads and 2 large concrete parking areas which are open for boondocking. Camping is also allowed anywhere on the beach. Beach is fairly firm, but tides can be deceiving, so park well back from the water.
- Nature – 5/5
Excellent nature here. Fully open beach views from everywhere in the park including both concrete lots. 5 miles of open coastline to hike and play. Small nature trail on East End of park.
- Isolation – 3/5
The spot is nicely located at the Southern Tip of Sabine Pass. You’re ~10 miles from Sabine Pass and during the week very few people come out here. On the week-end however, you will get locals coming to walk, fish and hang out on the beach. The State Park Ranger also patrols on a regular basis.
- Pet Friendliness – 5/5
Very pet friendly location. The beach and all surrounding areas are open for pooch. Direct access to beach-combing right from your RV.
Overall Rating = 4.5
BONUS ALERT = Camp with an open view of the ocean!
Summary: This is a great little spot ~10 miles West of Sabine Pass. It’s a super-easy “starter” location for RVers who want to try boondocking for the first time, but it may not be around for long! The State Park was completely destroyed during the last hurricane, so the rangers decided to allow free camping until they’re able to re-build the facilities (the info on the SP website is wrong -> the camping and access is completely free for now). It’s a wonderful spot on the TX coast with fully open beach views and over 5 miles of coastline to play on. You can boondock either on the concrete parking pads in the park or anywhere on the beach. The area doesn’t have shelter so you’ll feel the winds when they whip up (as they do often down here), but the untamed beauty is gorgeous. During the week it’s very quiet and very few RVers come here, but the locals do show up on the week-end. Nearest shopping is ~20 miles away in Port Arthur so come prepared. This was a superb spot and we would definitely come back. Get down here while you can!
Extra Info: Porta-potty on-site, but no water or other facilities. Verizon smartphone worked (only just…1X bar). Verizon aircard worked, but needed external antenna/amplifier.