Port O'Connor Paddling Trail Expansion Opened Thursday, July 9th!
The official opening and ribbon cutting for the expanded Port O'Connor Paddling Trail (which includes 6 smaller trails) was held July 9, 2015. These 6 trails bring the statewide total to 68 Texas Paddling Trails!
There are new trails being developed throughout the state, so check back often for more information.
Enjoy improved and maintained fishing and paddling access to rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, bayous, and bays on any of the 68 official Texas Paddling Trails available throughout the state!!
The Texas Paddling Trails is a program to develop public inland and coastal paddling trails throughout the state and support these trails with maps, signage, fishing and wildlife-viewing information, and more! These trails provide well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience. The paddling trails team is continually working with new community partners, so check back often for new trails to paddle, fish, and explore.
With more than 3,700 named streams, 15 major rivers and some 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline along the Gulf Coast, Texas offers myriad possibilities for paddling adventures and angling opportunities of all types. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, kayaking participation nationwide doubled between 1998 and 2004, with recreational and sit-on-top kayaking the fastest growing segment of the sport. Participation in canoeing also remains very strong.
TPWD continues to seek partnerships with communities interested in developing a paddling trail in their area. Please see the Future Trails section on this site to learn more.
Before heading out, enjoy these short videos - one about the TPWD Texas Paddling Trails program and one how-to video that gives tips on how best to paddle a canoe: