Although separate municipalities, Rockport and Fulton share heritage, business and recreational areas. Abundant access is available to saltwater recreational opportunities. This peninsula between Copano Bay and Aransas Bay is sheltered from the Gulf of Mexico by St. Joseph Island.
Rockport was established in 1867 as a shipping point for wool, hides, bones and tallow. It became the Aransas County seat in 1871. Tourists, boaters and anglers enjoy the mile-long, award-winning Blue Wave beach.
Fulton was settled in 1866 and named for George Ware Fulton, who built a French Second Empire-style house in the mid-1870s in north Rockport. Coleman-Fulton Pasture Co. ranched in the area and promoted efforts toward a deep-water pass and railroads to market their beef. It is now a tourist community.
The jetty sheltering Rockport Yacht Basin is a popular spot for bay fishing. Group-boat bay fishing is available at the yacht basin. Many hotels and motels on the bayfront maintain private fishing piers for guests. A wide array of professional fishing guides also are available for charters.
Rockport-Fulton lies along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. www.tpwd.state.tx.us/wildlifetrails.
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