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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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2014 - 2015
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.