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Armand Bayou Paddling Trail
The Armand Bayou Paddling Trail follows Armand Bayou from near its confluence with Clear Lake, upstream through the Armand Bayou Nature Center to Horsepen Bayou, where alligators in excess of 10 ft. are commonly seen.
Much of the area is part of the Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve that is managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. More than 220 species of birds are found in the area, including Osprey, Roseate Spoonbills, various egrets, herons and pelicans.
The preserve offers a stunning glimpse into two increasingly rare ecosystems – a riparian coastal flatwoods forest and a coastal tall grass prairie.

For more information on these paddling trails, please contact the Nature Tourism Coordinator.
Getting There
From San Antonio:
- Take IH-10 east to the 610 Loop
- Proceed south, east of 610 Loop
- Take the I-45 Freeway toward Galveston
- Turn left (east) on Bay Area Blvd
- Continue on Bay Area Blvd until you come to Armand Bayou
From Dallas:
- Take IH-45 South to Houston,
- Continue on IH-45 toward Galveston
- Turn left (east) on Bay Area Blvd
- Continue on Bay Area Blvd. until you come to Armand Bayou
Put-in and Take-out:
· Bay Area Park - This launch site is located on the south side of Bay Area Blvd, where the Blvd. crosses the bayou.
29° 35' 43.908" N, 95° 05' 23.244" W
· Clear Lake Park - This park is located on NASA Road 1 at the southern end of the bayou and near the tidal connection of Clear Lake.
29° 33' 58.572" N, 95° 04' 12.648" W
Distance from nearest major cities:
· Bryan - 106 miles
· Victoria - 131 miles
· Austin - 186 miles
· San Antonio - 220 miles
· Corpus Christi - 229 miles
· Dallas - 265 miles
 
Trail Description and Landmarks
Trail Length: variable
Paddling Time: variable
The trail follows Armand Bayou and paddlers can choose to paddle any length depending upon what they want to see and how long they want to paddle.
The most popular launching point is Bay Area Park, located where Bay Area Blvd. crosses Armand Bayou. Paddlers can either paddle upstream following Armand Bayou as it meanders and narrows up to the ending point at marker 26, or paddlers can paddle downstream from the park. As you paddle downstream the bayou widens near the confluence with Clear Lake at marker 1.
If you want to want to paddle the entire trail, you can put in at Clear Lake Park located on NASA Road 1 and paddle upstream. It is a long way, so you may choose to drop a vehicle at Bay Area Park, approximately half way up the trail.
Safety
Paddlers should always wear life jackets, and take plenty of sunscreen and water. Power boats are prohibited on the trail from GPS marker #4 upstream through trail marker #26.
Fishing
Anglers have a choice for either freshwater or saltwater species on the bayou. Bass anglers can expect to catch bass on the upper reaches of the trail, while redfish, trout and drum can be caught in the south end of the bayou where it connects with Clear Lake.
Wildlife and Ecology
The bayou, while surrounded by urban develop remains one of the few relatively pristine waterway in the Houston area. Its unique character was recognized when it was designated as one of only four Coastal Preserve found along the Texas coast. Lands adjacent to the bayou provide a glimpse of riparian coastal flatland forest and tall grass prairie habitats that were once abundant in the area. The area is rich in wildlife and is known for a diverse bird fauna where more than 220 species can be found. Common birds seen on the area include osprey, roseate spoonbill, egrets, herons, pelicans and many others.
Paddling Trail Events
See TPWD Calendar for Paddling Events
Partnership
The paddling trial is maintained in partnership with Armand Bayou Nature Center. The Center manages lands adjacent to the trail and provides a full range of educational activities.
If you have time to spend in the area before or after your paddle, you may want to visit the center. The center provides a full range of educational and outdoor experiences. The center has nature trails or you can make reservations to see the bayou from the “Bayou Ranger,” an electric pontoon boat, or take a guided canoe trip down the bayou. You can find out more about the center, and it many activities by checking out the calendar of events on the
 

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Galveston Island Texas Paddling Trails Aerial Map Photo-card New Tourism Maps

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Galveston Island State Park Paddling Trail

As the name implies the trail is found in waters that surround Galveston Island State Park. Because most of trails are protected by breakwater, the water is normally calm and makes for excellent paddling. Paddlers can choose from three different trails that vary in length from 2.6 to 4.8 miles. Because the park has many other features of interest, paddlers can also take a hike along the dunes on the Gulf side. Camping is available at the park if you chose to stay over, but make your reservations in advance since the park is often full during peak times.
 
For more information on these paddling trails, please contact the Nature Tourism Coordinator.
Getting There
From San Antonio:
- Take IH-10 east to the 610 Loop
- Proceed south, east of 610 Loop
- Take the I-45 Freeway toward Galveston
- Cross causeway to Galveston Island
- Turn right at the 61st Street Exit
- Turn right at the Seawall Blvd ( Hwy 3005)
- Travel 9 miles to the flashing light on 3005, turn left into the park.
From Dallas:
- Take IH-45 South to Houston
- Continue on IH-45 toward Galveston
- Cross causeway to Galveston Island
- Turn right at the 61st Street Exit
- Turn right at the Seawall Blvd. (3005)
- Travel 9 miles to the flashing light, turn left into the park.
Put-in and Take-out:
There are three different put-in/take-out points in the park for the three different trails. Paddlers can choose the Dana Cove, Oak Bayou or Jenkins Bayou Trails, depending upon the area or the distance they want to see. Each trail is a loop so no shuttles are needed. Each of the trails is on the portion of the park that is on the North side of FM 3005.
· The 2.6-mile Dana Cove (Lake Como) trail begins at the end of the main park road and continues through the seagrass beds that have recolonized behind constructed geo-textile breakwaters.
· The 4.8-mile Oak Bayou Trail is accessed along the main park road and also highlights the terrace restoration area, as well as areas of natural high marsh.
· The 2.8-mile Jenkins Bayou trail begins at the western end of Clapper Rail Road and takes paddlers along the bayou and out to the marsh restoration terrace field.
Distance from nearest major cities:
· Houston - 56 miles
· San Antonio - 248 miles
· Dallas - 297 miles
· Corpus Christi - 210 miles
· Austin - 213 miles

Trail Description and Landmarks
Trail Length: variable
Paddling Time: variable
Dana Cove Trail
This trail begins at Lake Como and meanders through the shallow water that is protected by a breakwater where seagrasses have recolonized. The trail crosses Dana Cove and returns to the put in — total length 2.6 miles.
Oak Bayou Trail
this 4.8 mile course trail begins near the boardwalk just off the main park road and follows an inlet of Galveston Bay. The trail meanders through shallow water out to the geotextile breakwater and over to the marsh restoration terraces where planted vegetation provides new habitat for small fish and shorebirds. The trail then enters another inlet and proceeds southeast, then turns at marker 16 and makes a look back to the put-in.
Jenkins Bayou Trail
Jenkins Bayou Trail begins at the end of Clapper Rail road near a freshwater pond. The Trail follows a small inlet makes a loop and returns to the put in approximately 2.8 miles later
Safety
Wear your lifejacket, and take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellant. Plan you trip to make sure you have plenty of water. While power boats traffic is minimal, always yield to faster moving vessels.
Park History
The first know inhabitants of the area were the Karankawa Indians. They lived on the island and cruised the marshes in their dugout canoes alone, until the first explorers landed. Many people believe that Cabeza de Vaca landed on or near the island in approximately 1528. Legend has it that a number of pirates including Blackbeard and Captain Kid also used the island as a stopping point in the 1600’s.
By the end of the Spanish rule of Texas, the Karankawa population had been greatly reduced by diseases and European invasion. Jean Lafitte and his brother Pierre Laffite took control of the island in 1817 and used it as a center for smuggling and piracy. In 1819 only three miles from the site of the park, Jean Lafitte’s men kidnapped a Karankawa woman and 300 Karankawa warriors retaliated, but were defeated by Lafitte and his men who had two cannons. This was a major defeat for the Karankawa who suffered heavy losses.
In 1975 the 2,013-acre Galveston Island State Park was opened to the public.
Fishing
Anglers have several choices as to the type area to fish. Wade fishing is excellent in the fringes of the island or they may choose to fish in the newly created tiered restoration area where seagrass is re-colonizing. Common species include spotted seatrout, redfish, black drum, flounder and other species. The park administrative offices can be reached at 409-737-1222              409-737-1222      .
Wildlife and Ecology
The beach area’s sand dunes provide unique habitat and the park is home to wading and shore birds, mottled ducks and small mammals such as raccoons, armadillos, and marsh rabbits.

 

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Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trails Aerial Map Photocard Texas New Photo Card

 

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Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail
The Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail was the very first Texas Paddling Trail and is actually a series of four loops ranging in length from 1.25 miles to 6.8 miles. The trails meander through an extensive black mangrove estuary, into sloughs and back lakes near the historic 1857 Lydia Ann Lighthouse on North Harbor Island. Paddlers can glide through mangroves and seagrass flats that provide outstanding bird watching and fishing for red drum, spotted seatrout and flounder in the maze of tidal channels and flats.

For more information on these paddling trails, please contact the Nature Tourism Coordinator.
Getting There
From Corpus Christi:
- Take Texas Hwy 35 toward Aransas Pass.
- Exit on Business 361 (Wheeler Ave.) to Texas Hwy 361 (follow signs to Port Aransas).
- Continue on Hwy 361 over the bridge and out the causeway to the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trials Park on the left.
From Rockport:
- Take Business Hwy 35 to Aransas Pass (11 miles).
- Turn left on Texas Hwy 361.
- Continue on Hwy 361 over the bridge and out the causeway to the Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trials Park on the left.
Put-in and Take-out:
Crabman Marina
located on the left side of Hwy 361 approximately 4 miles from the HEB in Aransas Pass. Trail marker sign #59 is located near the put-in, but across the Aransas Channel.
27° 52' 31.224" N, 97° 5' 24.324" W.
Lighthouse Lakes Trail Park
located on the left side of Highway 361, approximately 5 miles from the HEB in Aransas Pass.
Trail marker sign #1 is located near the put-in but across the channel.
27° 51' 43.775" N, 97° 4' 33.204" W.
Distance from nearest major cities:
· Corpus Christi - 28 miles
· San Antonio - 153 miles
· Harlingen - 156 miles
· Houston - 193 miles
· Austin - 194 miles
· Dallas - 374
 
Trail Description and Landmarks
Trail Length: The trail complex is made up of four trails ranging in length from 1.25 to 6.8 miles.
Paddling Time: 45 minutes to 3 hours depending upon the trail
The Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail was the first Texas Paddling Trail, mapped in 1999. From a city-maintained park on the north side of the Texas Hwy 361 causeway, paddlers can access the five-mile Cutters Loop (marker 60), the 6.7-mile South Bay Loop (marker 59) and 6.8-mile Redfish Loop (marker 1). A 1.25-mile trail, the Electric Lake Loop, branches off of the Redfish Loop between markers 3 and 6.
The Lighthouse Lakes trails are unique among coastal paddling trails in that kayakers (because of the strong, prevailing southeasterly winds, canoes are not recommended) paddle through a seeming maze of head-high black mangroves that line the channels (locally called “sloughs”) and open flats (“lakes”). The lighthouse from which the trails take their name figured in the Civil War, and its original Fresnel lens still lies buried somewhere in the surrounding marsh.
Safety
Paddlers should be mindful of commercial and recreational boat traffic when crossing the Aransas (or “Shrimp Boat”) Channel between the park put-in and the trails. All traffic transiting the channel has right-of-way over kayaks crossing the channel. A Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail photomap is extremely useful, as is a hand-held GPS, as it is easy to become disoriented and even lost in the maze of mangrove-lined channels. As always, carry required safety equipment and plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Fishing
Anglers will enjoy fishing for spotted seatrout, red drum and flounder in the twisting channels and wide-open lakes here. Sight-casting to “tailing” redfish is a favorite pastime.
Wildlife and Ecology
The Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail is part of Redfish Bay, a minor bay straddling Aransas and Corpus Christi Bays. Nearly all of the 50-square-mile-bay – including the paddling trail – falls within the boundaries of the Redfish Bay State Scientific Area, and a special regulation that went into effect May 1, 2006, protects seagrasses from being uprooted or destroyed here. All five species of seagrasses found in Texas are present in the area and comprise some 14,000 acres of high-quality nursery and forage habitat for fish, shrimp, crabs and other marine life.
While most of the frequently encountered wildlife in this area is marine or avian, feral hogs, raccoons, deer, coyotes and several species of reptiles (including horned lizards, western diamondback rattlesnakes, desert king snakes and Gulf salt marsh snakes) inhabit the islands in Redfish Bay.
 

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The Mustang Island State Park Paddling Trail consists of the North Trail (8.5 miles), the Shamrock Loop Trail (5.24 miles) and the Ashum Trail (6.8 miles).

All of the trails follow the western shoreline of Mustang Island in Corpus Christi Bay, and pass through some of the best shallow-water fishing areas in Texas.

The Ashum Trail follows the shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay over a firm sand bottom and allows for outstanding bird watching as well as sight casting opportunities.

The Shamrock Loop Trail skirts the beautiful, protected waters of Shamrock Cove, where it connects with the North Trail, which follows the shoreline to East Flats and then meanders through marsh and spoil islands to the Island Moorings Marina in Port Aransas.

 

Getting There
From Corpus Christi:
1.    Take State Hwy 358 southeast until it becomes Park Road P22
2.    Follow Park Road P22 across Corpus Christi Bay to Padre Island
3.    Turn left (North) onto Highway 361
4.    Follow Hwy 361 North for 5 miles to Mustang Island State Park.
From Rockport:
1.    Take Business Hwy 35 to Aransas Pass (11 miles)
2.    Turn left on Texas Hwy 361
3.    Continue on Hwy 361 over the bridge and out to the ferry, and ride the ferry to Port Aransas.
4.    Follow Hwy 361 south 13.5 miles to Mustang Island State Park.
Put-in and Take-out:
Paddlers can choose one of two primary put-ins to the paddling trails. The first is Fish Pass that is located in Mustang Island State Park. The second is Wilson's Cut that is on private property.
Access Sites
· Wilson's Cut
27° 44' 14.784" N, 97° 08' 15.000" W
Wilson's Cut is on the (right) west side of Hwy 361 approximately 8.4 miles from Port Aransas Ferry dock. While the entrance road is not well marked, it is directly across from the Seagull and Sandpiper Condominiums sign. The Cut is on private property but the entrance is always open and is used by lots of fisherman. Please respect the owner's property by staying in the immediate vicinity of the put-in and remove all trash. The road is sandy and rainfall events cause large depressions in the road, so vehicles with higher clearance are recommended.
· Fish Pass
27° 40' 58.188" N, 97° 10' 33.060" W
Fish Pass, located on
Mustang Island State Park, is on the (right) west side of Hwy 361 approximately 13.1 miles from the Port Aransas Ferry dock. Watch for a small bridge that spans the fish pass. The entrance is immediately on your right. If you pass it, the main park entrance to Mustang Island State Park is approximately .4 miles further down the road on your left. The entrance road to Fish Pass is sandy and vehicles with higher clearances are recommended.
· Island Moorings Marina
Thanks to the hospitality of the Island Moorings Marina management, paddlers can use the facility to put-in. Island Mooring Marina is approximately 4 miles from the Port Aransas Ferry dock. Take Hwy 361 south from Port Aransas and watch for the Island Moorings Marina sign on your right. Turn onto Piper Blvd. and drive down to the Marina. While the marina management has generously allowed paddlers to park and put-in at their docks, you will have to carry your kayak 50 yards or so from the parking lot to the docks. Parking is normally available, but call ahead in case there are planned events and activities, or if you are bringing several cars, (
361- 749-4100              361- 749-4100      )
Distance from nearest major cities:
· Dallas - 387 miles
· San Antonio - 165 miles
· Corpus Christi - 15 miles
· Houston - 206 miles
· Austin - 207
Trail Length: variable
Paddling Time: variable
North Trail
The trail starts at Island Moorings Marina and meanders through several islands out to Corpus Christi Bay. It then follows the shoreline of the bay to sign #14 where it loops around through Atlantic Cut for a distance of 8.5 miles. Because it is approximately 5 miles back to the put-in, paddlers may chose to follow the Shamrock Trail and take out at Wilson's Cut. However, paddlers should park a vehicle at the take-out or plan a shuttle.
Shamrock Trail
This 5.24 miles loop trail starts at Wilson's Cut and follows the Cut out to Shamrock Cove. It then follows the shoreline to sign #12 and loops back to the put-in. Because the trail is a loop, no shuttle is required.
Ashum Trail
This 6.8-mile trail runs from Fish Pass along the shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay and enters Wilson's cut and terminates at sign #6. This trail will require a shuttle or paddlers will need to park a vehicle.
Safety
Wear your lifejacket, and take plenty of sunscreen and insect repellant. Plan you trip to make sure you have plenty of water. Watch for faster moving power boats and oyster reefs that can damage your kayak. Check the tides before you depart because some trails may not be floatable at low tides, and check the weather forecast.
Mustang Island State Park
Mustang Island State Park was opened to the public in 1979. This 4,000 acre park is bisected by Hwy 361 and has about 5 miles of beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
The island was first called "Wild Horse Island" then "Mustang Island" after the "mestenos" (wild horses) that were brought to the island by the Spaniards. The first inhabitants of the island were the Karankawa Indians who lived on the island until the 19th century.
Wildlife and Ecology
The beach area's sand dunes provide unique habitat and the park is home to wading and shore birds, mottled ducks and small mammals such as raccoons, armadillos, and rabbits. Surf and wade fishing for spotted seatrout, redfish, black drum, flounder and other species is available. The park administrative offices can be reached at 361-747-5246              361-747-5246      .
Conservation
Coastal waters and their associated bays, estuaries, and wetlands are mixing zones for fresh and saltwater. These areas not only enhance water quality by assimilating domestic waste and controlling erosion but they also provide invaluable habitat for juvenile shell and game fish (or finfish) during their early life stages. These areas also support various municipal and industrial facilities and support diverse fish and wildlife, fishing, hunting, and other recreational activities which positively affect Texas' economy. Freshwater inflows must be maintained in order to produce balanced salinity levels. Conservation of our bays and estuaries can be furthered through efforts to preserve and restore wetlands and seagrasses to reduce erosion, filter pollutants and improve water quality. Conservation of these areas ensures that the natural heritage of Texas is protected for future generations.
Respect Private Property
While many coastal paddling trails are adjacent to public lands, some are adjacent to private property. Respect private property by not trespassing or littering and keeping noise levels down. Use of private land adjacent to the water without permission of the landowner can be considered trespassing. Under Texas Penal Code (30.05), criminal trespass occurs when one enters property after receiving notice not to enter. Notice includes verbal notice, a fence, sign(s), purple paint on posts or trees, or the visible presence of crops grown for human consumption.
 
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