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Gone Coastal Guide Service offers an exciting and stimulating one of a kind ride through the marshes and back lakes of the Rockport area. Experience nature like you never have before. There is abundant bird life including the whooping crane that makes their home in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge every year from November to early April. Professional and amateur photographers alike will have the opportunity to capture these birds in their exquisite natural surroundings.

There are many other wildlife to see ranging from dolphin, deer, bobcat, coyote, alligators and so much more. Catch one of the most amazing sunrises or sunsets. There is no better way to experience all of the wondrous beauty of the Texas coast than aboard a boat that has no limits to where it can go, even on land!

The whooping crane is one of the rarest species of birds in North America. There is only one natural wild flock of whooping cranes and it is found in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Every year this flock of whooping cranes makes its way over 2,500 miles from Canada to their winter home in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. They begin to arrive in late October every year and by December most, if not all, have arrived in the area. They stay and feed until April, then it is time for them to make their long journey back to Canada. Whooping cranes are a beautiful creature.

They stand almost five feet tall and have a wingspan of seven feet. They are white with black wingtips. Exploring the areas around the Wildlife Refuge by boat is a perfect opportunity to capture photos of these magnificent endangered birds.

Matagorda Island is managed by the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Access to the island is only available by boat. The north end of the island is open to recreational activities and you must contact Texas Parks and Wildlife for these activities. However, the remainder of this island is off-limits due to preservation of the wildlife and vegetation. Because of this preservation, we are able to explore this great island the only way possible – by airboat. This beautiful island is unique in that it has a dune system to provide nesting grounds for sea turtles as well as several shallow freshwater lagoons that are utilized by many difference species of wildlife including the whooping crane. Join us to experience the beauty of this island’s vegetation and wildlife. The water around this area in places is so shallow that only an airboat can travel.

The Rockport/Fulton area is host to numerous species of wildlife including reptiles, birds, fish, mammals, plants and wildflowers. The website of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is a resource to see just how many different species there are to potentially see in this area. You may not get to see all different species in one boat ride but you will get an experience you will never forget! Don’t forget your camera to capture those lasting memories.

Airboat Tour Prices

Experience a thrilling ride while exploring the abundant wildlife around the islands and marsh of Rockport Texas.

1-5 people (two hours) $300 - Each additional hour $100

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