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Shields Park NAS Recreation Area Hot
Type of site
RV Sites (Asphalt)
$15 - $18
RV Sites (Concrete)
$18 - $20
RV Sites (Grass)
$18 - $20
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We were traveling back home to Houston from Port Aransas and staying at this famcamp was a last minute decision. After reading some of the previous reviews I decided to add my own. Biggest complaint is the dog poo. My kids were always stepping in it. That really annoys us because we clean up after our dogs. Another issue is the lack of a playground for children. There is absolutely no designated place for kids to play. The cars (and golf carts) that drive through here do not obey the posted speed limits and you take your life in your hands as you walk around. Not a very safe place to walk your pets, or your children. Huge potholes make it difficult to drive through the road. The base itself has the worst streets of any base we've ever been to. WiFi wasn't working. Two dryers in the laundry area were broken and we were told it's been that way for over a year. No air conditioning makes doing laundry a very unhealthy, unpleasant chore. Upside is the base is very close to town, the beach was clean of trash and debris. Pier is destroyed. Facilities are clean and well cared for. Management really doesn't seem to care whether or not you've enjoyed your stay. It's really more of a give-us-your-money-and-go-away type of attitude they seem to have. We found the campground in Kingsville to be so much more family friendly. There is a very bad element here at the NAS famcamp that caused us to leave early. Chances are we won't stay here again.
The two words I'd use to describe this camp is "never again"!!! We had a horrible time. People not cleaning up after their pets, dogs roaming around with no leash. One woman screaming and swearing at others using the laundry. I could hear her screaming from several yards away. Then she got in a golf cart and went racing past me and almost hit a little boy in a wheel chair. I did report that to the main office because it was very dangerous. I could not believe what I was witnessing. After speaking to a few of the long termers I found this has been an on going problem for the last few months. WiFi is terrible with thieves ready to steal your info. The pier has been destroyed by storms. Mosquitoes are really bad. I think we'll stay somewhere else next time. This camp is having too many problems. Camp here at your own risk.
We've been coming here for the last 10 years. The famcamp is bad, then gets better, then gets bad again. No consistency. While the sites are very large and roomy. Concrete pads with plenty of room to accommodate large units. Laundry area is free and very clean. Didn't use the bathrooms, but I hear they too are clean. Lawns are mowed on a near daily basis and the guys who do the mowing are very friendly and helpful, and greeted me each morning with a wave and good morning. One of them helped me move my picnic table off the lawn and back on the cement pad. The camp hosts are also very friendly and work hard to keep the areas clean. We camp here specifically for the fishing and were quite disappointed to learn the pier was unusable. No one seems to know when it will be up and running again. The homesteading is a real issue with this particular famcamp. There are a lot of contractors who are taking sites away from veterans and their families. That should be addressed by the management. There is a problem person here but I had no run ins with her. We tend to keep to ourselves, but we heard from others that the troublemakers are here and they like to ruin it for others. There's always one no matter where you go. Just ignore her and you'll be fine. Never saw any coyotes but we did hear they are around so keep an eye on your children and smaller pets. WiFi is free but you have to share it with the entire base. Be careful with your passwords. Thieves will take them, we had our Netflix account stolen while we were here. They also need to enforce the picking up after your dog rule. Dog feces is a health hazard to other dogs, not to mention no one wants to step in it. Overall it's an okay place to stay. We would come back, but we hope the pier is fixed by then.
Sept 3, 2015
The worst part about this park is the homesteading. Even though it's against the rules, the same people are here, in the same spots, some of them for the last two years. The best spots are always filled with the same people. No one else can use the sites by the pier because the same people are always there. How about allowing others a chance to use these sites? Homesteading is against military rules! Another problem is one person rides around on her hopped up golf cart, yelling obscenities at others, and attempting to hit kids on their bicycles. When you complain at the main office, no one's gives a hoot. Trash on the beach is disgusting. If the trash cans need emptying, you have to call and complain. Otherwise no one will change it. The facilities are nice except for the golf cart woman who fights with others using the laundry facilities. The grounds are well maintained, but it's hard to enjoy when you're dodging piles of dog feces. Worst camping experience of my life. Will never stay again.
July 31 - August 1, 2015
On our trip from Wisconsin to Corpus Christy, TX and back, this was one of three military campgrounds we stayed at. It was also the best with Tinker AFB and Lackland AFB being the other two. The facilities were awesome. Free laundry and the cleanest public facilities I have ever seen. The campground is less than 100 yards from the water/beach. The beach makes for some good walking and shell searching but probably not the best for swimming. The nice beaches such as S. Padre Island and Mustang Island are a very short drive away though. North Beach and the USS Lexington are a short drive away as well. There is a fishing pier but they said it was closed due to storm damage earlier in the year. I was expecting this since it was reported in other reviews. I was just hoping they had it fixed by the time we got there. We had no trouble getting a spot without reservations even though we arrived on a Friday afternoon. But our site was not on a clean concrete slab like most of the other sites. But, with a 19' travel trailer, it wasn't a problem. I am used to grass/gravel pads anyway. Full hookups and only $15 dollars a day for 30 amp service. You just cant beat that for what you get. There are virtually no trees or shade so make sure your A/C is in good working order if visiting in the summer. The sites are quite spacious and the grounds are kept immaculate. Just be careful of the gopher holes. Lots of them running around digging holes. Lots of Jack Rabbits as well. Never saw or heard any coyotes as others reported in previous reviews. There were some nasty burs in the grass. You wont want to walk from the campsite to the bathrooms barefoot across the grass.
We stayed late mid-March to mid-April 2015. It's location close to the water is a big plus. The fishing pier is nice, although I did not catch anything significant. There are a few things to be aware of. First, the girl at the marina who checked us in was not very helpful at all. She could not provide us a map of the post, did not know anything about the post or the area. She didn't know anything about the fishing requirements. However, a couple days later we talked to the girl who handles tickets and travel and she was very helpful. The wind always blew, and it blew pretty hard. Be prepared to tie-down your slide-out covers and they will flap around pretty good. We ended up bringing our slides in a couple nights. Mosquitos are bad at certain times of the day. They like to gang up on you. The wind is pretty salty. They do not allow washing the RV, but they do allow you to rinse it off. Things to do include driving along Mustang Island. You can drive right on the beach. Visit Padre Island Natural Park. Fishing off the pier or at any public areas. Aside from the wind and mosquitoes, it really a nice place.
Feb 18 - March 6, 2015
After reading some of the reviews I wasn't sure what to expect. The staff was extremely helpful and managed to extend our stay in the site we were first assigned to. The bathrooms are clean and plenty of hot water. Laundry facilities are spotless and FREE, with an ironing board and iron available. The fishing pier is undergoing renovations and lights have been added recently. Great walking areas and easy walk to commissary and exchange.
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Jan. 8, 2015 - Feb. 4, 2015
We were located in the park close to the fishing pier with concrete pads, picnic tables and quite a bit of space in between sites. Laundry room was clean and is free. Bathrooms are cold but clean. We asked about extending our stay with the girls at the desk and they couldn't find space. Deal with the director Dale Martinets and he will find or extend your stay if at all possible or we went through Navy Lodge 800 phone number and that helped, also. Plan to rinse the salt spray off your RV. Always windy. Cold in January.
December 28, 2014-January 2, 2015
Easy to get to base and to park. Check-in was quick, but we too were caught off guard about pet vaccination documentation. We had it so no problem, but had to dig it out and take it back. All sights are back-in, which we knew. Hated that we had to back-in what we consider the 'wrong' way; when your backing in and have the site at your right. Laundry was free. Stayed in 40' fifth-wheel with Jeep towing 8' trailer hauling motorcycle. Everything fit at our site....thank goodness, because when we asked if we could park trailer/motorcycle at parking lot next to park, they said no. The parking lot was empty the entire time. So, it's a great park right on the water. Too bad we there and the weather was horrible; extremely windy, wet and cold. But we'll be back. I'm sure.
26 Dec 2014
Checking in now with pets requires you to show vets vaccination records. This wasn't a problem with us since we always have them with us but not son who is also retired military had to have records faxed to the RV park before he could check in. Understand this is a new policy but needs to be published. The reservation clerk never mentioned this and I talked to her three or four times.
Need new upper mgt. does nothing for the campers. last time there the grass was not cut for more the three weeks we where there. the lights have been out on the fishing pier more then two years, that we know of. hospitality at check in was very good. new personnel each time we go there, but still good.
This was our first trip to Corpus Christi and we enjoyed it very much. I'd called the Navy central reservation service and was told they had no availability but Outdoor Rec @ Corpus Christi said they did. We arrived with a reservation for a full service site for a few days and dry camping a few days. As it turned out there were cancellations and we were able to spend the entire week on the same site. The woman who manages the office was very helpful providing local information and tickets to local events. The staff in the Outdoor Rec office were friendly and helpful and ensured we were able to have our site for a week. Lots to see and do in Corpus Christi. The winds do blow - warm temperatures but with the wind it stayed cool enough we didn't need the A/C. The dock needs some repairs - quite shabby condition and some rusted, broken tables should be removed but overall the campground was in good condition. Lots of seaweed on the beach - part of Gulf life. We'd return if we were in the area.
June 9-13, 2014
As I’m sitting inside the RV at the RV Park I thought I would right the review. This is my first attempt at RVing. I rented a 30’ class C and thought I would see if this is something my wife and I could do. The answer to that question is yes, but on to the review. 6 months ago I called and reserved a spot through the MWR at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. The lady was very friendly and helpful. The process was very quick. As the time quickly approached I called a few days before just to confirm my reservation. Again, the lady was helpful. I mentioned that I might arrive after 1700 and she said that wouldn’t be an issue. They would just leave my information, site number, and pass codes to the laundry, men, and women’s bathrooms. A few days before we left I got a confirmation email stating everything was go to go. True to form, we were going to be late I tried to call them the very day I was to arrive. It was on a Monday around 1000 hrs but I kept getting their after hour’s message machine. So I called another number and the person there said they would ensure they knew we were going to be arriving late. I use the GPS coordinates from this site and my TOM TOM took us right to the front gate from San Antonio. Gate guard checked only my ID and let us through which was great. We drove to the park and I left the RV near an empty spot to go find the “host” to get my stuff. I first went to the MWR office which is located in the smaller RV Park about three blocks away. It was locked up tight and there was a clip board hanging by the door but no info on it. So I drove back down to where my RV was. When I got there, there were two there ladies talking with my wife. They said there wasn’t any host because of cut backs and told us to find an empty spot and hook up. So I took the one right next to the RV. Most if not all of the sites are concrete, wide, clean, and with a picnic table. The sites have 30 / 50 amp, water, and sewer. I got us setup and we were set. The park is amazing. The sites are very far apart from each other. You can see the Corpus Christi Bay from just about any on them. They have a 400+ yard fishing pier within yards of where we setup. Around 0800 the next morning I went to the MWR office. They were just opening up so that was good timing. I told them who I was and if they had left my pass codes and site anywhere. I was a little shocked when they said no. So I told them which site I was on and finished checking in. The rec room, laundry (free of charge) and the bathrooms were very clean. Get ready to be in the sun. Very few trees and the ones that are here are small. We were lucky enough to position the RV to when the sun is in the west we had plenty of shade. Be prepared for the wind! Make sure you watch opening and closing the doors. If you use a tablecloth, secure it with something. Wi-Fi is free of charge, you don’t need any pass codes, and fairly reliable. I haven’t had any issues from the site I’m on. Out site is #36 if anyone wanted to know. There are lots of seagulls who love to eat anything you give them. Feed one and they’ll be 50 more in a second. There are jackrabbits and ground squirrels that run around the site. In the evenings coyotes will come through so don’t leave anything out they could get into too. The base is very clean, very open, and flat. So anyone who rides a bicycle will love this place. NEX is right next to the commissary. NEX closes at 1900 hrs. The commissary is closed on Mondays and they open up at 1000 on the other days. They do do an early bird starting a 0900 for 15 items or less. We never went until after 1000. The NEX is nice. Just about anything you could want. They aren’t huge but a good place to get ice, beer, some snacks, and your normal items. Everyone we ran into while working was friendly. They have a wide open golf course, a bowling center (with Subway inside). There is a gym and two racquetball courts. Get up early in the morning a go to the water near the pier. You can pick up crab shells (sea shells)! My wife filled a whole bag full of them. Overall this had been a great vacation. I would recommend this place to any retiree. The ocean (other than the bay) is just a few minutes away. The roads are a little confusing or it just might be me! You can get to any of the tourist sites in a few minutes. I will say don’t try an LEAVE the base around 1430 or so. That is when the Army Depot has their shift change and the traffic getting off base is terrible!
June 7th, 2014
I called early in the day to get a reservation for this afternoon. The staff was pretty good, but slooooow. The guy that checked us in, needs a bit of RV speak added to his repertoire. We asked for a pull thru and I had no idea there are NONE. So when we arrived I asked about a site with pull through and was met with the sites have all the connections. He was quite polite. SOOOOO we backed the whole rig into a spot and set about enjoying a very level, large site. cockle burrs abound so be careful with fido. Upon arrival I also looked for garbage and found the rv park to be quiet clean. Lots of jack rabbits and little furry critters, but no coyotes or other large predators. new bath house was clean as well.
April 23rd to May 5th, 2014
First, Larry you need to remove the video for this campground, Those cabanas and the breakfast being served at the marina have been gone for years. As for the campground, it has been deteriorating and little or no action has been taken to improve the campground. For example, the lights on the campground fishing pier have been inoperative for at least a year. Most of the lights in the campground itself are inoperative. There is no camp host. They (MWR) let the person that used to keep the campground mowed and trimmed go. Trash (beer cans, cig. butts, water bottles etc. are around most of the sites. Some patrons that have pets fail to pick up after their pets even though bags are provided by the campground at more than one area. Also, according to one of the personnel in the campground office, someone had reported seeing rattlesnakes in the campground recently. Coyotes have been seen in the campground as well as badgers inside the trash bins at night.
10-14 March 2014
Stayed in the Shields area for our kids' Spring Break. Very nice and right by the water. There are many cement pads, however we were given an asphalt space with gravel surrounding it (30amp site). I noticed three cement pad spaces that were never taken throughout our stay. So I asked, and turns out they were already paid for, meaning the RV'ers left, but were returning to take their space. Next time I will request a 50amp site, which most all come with cable. Anyway, the shower room needs some updating, however everything was clean, worked and there was plenty of water pressure and heat. The laundry room was neat and the machines were FREE! We stayed three nights here and requested a fourth. We were told we'd have to move to the other RV park, just a short drive away. No big deal, we moved. Now we did notice that the day we moved nobody took the space we left...don't get it. Well the base is perfectly situated to visit the attractions in Corpus, and we found an awesome fish market just a couple of miles from the station, called Pauls Seafood (not a restaurant). Go there! The weather wasn't ideal as it was windy and somewhat cold. My daughter and her friend still got in the water. They collected A LOT of seashells! We will definitely return when it's warmer.
CAUTION. We always enjoy our stays here at the Navy base, but THIS time, our Netflix account was hijacked from somebody's phone, presumably while we were streaming videos on the camp's Wifi. I've never felt unsafe using campground Wifi before, but I'll never do it again. We have our own encrypted Verizon Wifi network in the motor home, but used the Gowifi system to save some bandwidth. Just a heads up. Even on base, surrounded by old farts like ourselves, the thieves are out there.
We had a brand new 5th wheel and we planned on staying only 1 week. We arrived on a Friday and set up. We went to visit some friends in the area on Monday. when we returned to our 5th wheel that afternoon all of a sudden we had brown out the took out our electric fireplace, surround sound system, Blue Ray DVD, micro wave, and central vacuum system. I checked with the neighbors and they hadn't experienced the problem. I caalled the base maintenance people who came out and checked the electric receptacle. I happened to be out riding my bike when they showed up and my wife was watching them. The electrician pulled apart the 50 AMP receptacle and said that it needed replaced because it was corroded. I tried getting the Navy to replace the damaged equipment but they wouldn't do it in part because the electrician claimed the plug was not seated all the way in and that was what caused the problem. I have to add here that a neighbor talked to my wife about it before they got there and he brought over a 30 to 50 AMP converter and tried plugging it in to see if that would make a difference. He may have left thee plug loose so I don't know if the electrician was untruthful. I told him that the problem happened before the neighbor messed with it so it was probably the neighbor who left it loose. He stuck to his story when talking to his supervisor so I had to get my appliances replaced. Since my unit was under warranty the manufactures replaced them. It took a month to get them in. I did purchase a surge protector for my unit. The campground is out in a wide open place that backs up to the bay. We had a lot of strong winds coming off the bay straying our unit with salt water. As soon as they calmed down I completely washed down my unit to prevent corrosion.
Jan 5th through Jan 12th 2014
We have visited this location at least once a year for well over 7 years and continue to watch it decline in upkeep. Without a full time host it is going downhill. Campers no longer pick up after their pets. Trash around the park. Cars/Trucks park on grass with little regard. Internet is near worthless unless you are in the community room. The location and the price still trumps all the complaints, but this park was 100% better just 5 or 6 years ago (and at less cost). Final note. Time for base security to declare open season on the Coyotes that roam the perimeter in small packs even in the daylight. Small dog owners be warned.
Dec 21 - 27, 2013
This was our first experience using a military campground. Arriving on Station, the guard pulled a cone from the right entry lane to allow us through (thank you Sir!). BTW, we're a Big Rig, 45' and towing and 13' tall... we had no issue proceeding through the right hand covered entrance. When approaching the campground, there is a very small sign telling you to turn right, to the Marina to register... I held my breath and turned right... Don't be concerned... there is a MASSIVE turn around space in the Marina! The staff was very professional, courteous and helpful during the registration process (thanks folks you helped make the stay pleasurable). We selected our site and proceeded to the site and get setup. The sites are very large concrete "back in spaces" that easily accommodate Big Rigs albeit your nose will be at the very front of the site. The connections are via a single pole and very convenient. I'm sorry we didn't use any campground facilities (we're fully equipped) so we can't comment. There is a long fishing pier on the bay and a local gathering of huge jack rabbits on the premises. The Commissary and NEX are very convenient additions to a very nice campground! Two surprises though... First I was surprised at the number of "apparently" fulltime occupants and second, the total lack of regard for the posted speed limit. We will definitely return here, great facility!!