Kayaking and canoeing are as popular as ever, as proven by the hot spots that get pretty crowded over the summer. Crowds don’t bother me, but sometimes, it’s nice to change the scenery.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has opened up many more ways traverse the waters with officially designated, well-mapped Texas Paddling Trails. Maybe this summer is a great time to try out new trails.
Since an initiative launched in 1998, more than 60 inland and coastal trails have been designated as official Texas Paddling Trails. More have been added like the Port O'Connor Paddling Trail expansion that opened July 9th at the Little Jetties launch site.
The Texas Paddling Trails program provides a positive impact to rural communities and provides new and improved boating access for more than one million canoers and kayakers in Texas. As a bonus, the paddling trail access also gives new viewing access for birders.
(Originally published June 2014. Updated July 2015)