Sea Rim State Park attendance up

Sea Rim State Park attendance is up, and officials have a summer program schedule that includes lessons on fishing, crabbing and learning more about the critters that call it home.
In addition to the park’s 5 miles of natural beach and marsh unit paddling trails, the programs draw visitors with families seeking to know more about the upper Gulf Coast.
Visitor numbers have increased 8.8 percent over this period last year, Nathan Londenberg, park superintendent, reports.
“From September 2016 to May 2017, we had 59,861 visitors. During the same timeframe last year, we had 55,016 visitors. So that is an 8.8 percent increase from last year. That number includes 8,523 guests that stayed overnight,” Londenberg said.
Overnight campers are enjoying the park from RVs at 15 sites with water and electrical service, tent camping on the beach and checking into the marsh unit cabin.
Even this past winter, Londenberg said some campers who expected to show up and have a space to stay were surprised that Sea Rim was booked ahead. He encourages visitors to make reservations.
Juneteenth and the Buu Mon Buddhist Temple’s Garden Festival have been other summer draws to Port Arthur. The exhibit Betting, Booze and Brothels opened at Museum of the Gulf Coast and will continue through Saturday, Aug. 26. Texas Mariners Cruising Association hosted Spring Fling at Pleasure Island Marina for the fourth time in a row over Memorial Day Weekend.
For more of Sea Rim’s summer fun ideas for the family, visit www.VisitPortArthurTx.com.
Scheduled events
• Shore Fishing Clinic on Saturday, July 8, 8 a.m. – Noon. Families are invited to learn about beach fishing; gear supplied or bring your own.
 • Crabbing 101 on Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. – noon. Learn about crabbing in the park; bait provided or bring your own.
• Sea Rim State Park Beach Cleanup on Saturday, Aug. 5, 9 a.m. – noon.
• Shore Fishing Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m. – noon.
• Crabbing 101 on Aug. 19, 10 a.m. – noon.
• Kid Fish on Aug. 26, 9 a.m. – noon. Bring the kids out for the annual kids fish event. It’s a free event for ages 1-12. The first 100 kids will receive a free rod and reel and event T-shirt. Tackle and bait will be provided.

Photo courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife - Kayakers at Sea Rim State Park

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