Fun Ways to Stay at Sea Rim State Park

platform camping at sea rim state park in port arthur texas

How to Stay at Sea Rim

Have you ever overnighted in a beach-front state park? What about atop an isolated platform surrounded by the natural, untamed world that is the salt marsh? The overnight options at Sea Rim State Park are endless. Here are a few fun ways to stay:

Marsh Unit Cabin

Cabin at Sea Rim

This freshly renovated, 6-person, waterside cabin sits on the marsh unit in the park. The cabin comes equipped with:

  • 2 bunk beds
  • Kitchenette
  • Outdoor grill
  • Screened in back porch

The Marsh Unit Cabin overlooks the marsh and is situated near the boat and kayak launch. There, you can rent a kayak from the kiosk and paddle your heart out on 3 rated trails within the park.

Primitive Beach Camping

family camping at sea rim state park in port arthur texas

Pitch a tent or pull up your van along the sandy shores of Sea Rim. The beach camping sites are located to the East and West sides of the park. The sites are first-come first-serve (there are 75 sites) and can’t be reserved ahead of time. Be sure to watch the weather and check for high tides.

  • No fresh water access.
  • Non-reservable
  • Ground fires allowed

Equestrian Camping Allowed: If you’re traveling with your horses, you can camp overnight in East Beach. There are no facilities, so be sure to bring a portable pen or simply tether your horse to a trailer.
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To learn more about Beach Camping at Sea Rim, read more here.

Boat in to the Floating Primitive Platform: Bragging Rights

platform tent and kayak at Sea Rim

We know, this just sounds intense. This 13 x 20-foot, 4-person wooden platform floats atop the open water marsh unit inside the park. You can access it only via a shallow draft boat in a 4.72-mile round trip trek from the kayak launch. There’s room enough for you and three friends, a single tent and the primitive restroom. The restroom is a concealed toilet area hidden within an 18-foot-tall wayfinding tower. The tower cladding is open above its six-foot-high privacy screen so that winds can pass through and prevent overturning during a storm.

  • Rent a canoe or kayak on site or bring your own
  • Pack a 5-gallon bucket along with a solid/liquid waste bag with enzymes to neutralize the waste. You can purchase the bags at the park store
  • For cooking, you can use a containerized fuel stove
  • No ash-producing fires allowed
  • Platform is equipped with alligator rails to prevent our reptile friends from sunning on the deck. Look for tie-down spots for kayaks and tents at the corners of the rails and platform

Fun Facts:

This floating campsite was built by students of the University of Texas School of Architecture in July of 2017. It was designed in the Spring of 2016 in partnership with the Gulf Coast DesignLab, a community outreach program, and their students under the direction of Coleman Coker. To learn more about the project “Float” and GulfCoast DesignLab, read more here.

Beachside Campsites and RV Setups with Electricity

a man sitting next to his rv with his dogs at sea rim state park in port arthur texas

Add some comfort to your stay at Sea Rim. Rent one of 15 RV campsites on Piper Ploving Loop with access to the beach and dune boardwalk.

  • Picnic table
  • Fire Pit
  • Water hookup
  • Lantern post
  • 50/30-amp hookup
  • Dump Station in the park

There you have it! One park, many ways to stay. To learn more and book now:

Written by our Marketing Director, Callie Summerlin

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