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Black Friday Paddle

9:00a to 11:00a
Fri, November 26, 2021
Jordan Kieffer
(409) 737-1222

#OptOutside on this adult paddling tour

Instead of standing in those long stressful lines on Black Friday, how about going on a picturesque tour of Galveston Bay?

The Friends of Galveston Island State Park support provides a great experience on the water with a guide. Safety, paddling tips, and environmental education are given during this tour.

We will start off with an orientation on land, paddle out into a protected cove in Galveston Bay, and return after around 1.5-hours. Starting location is the Oak Bayou picnic area.

Check out this preview of paddling at Galveston Island State Park.

Before You Can Join Us:

  • Park permit must be obtained before joining us (park booth)\
    • Entry fee is $5 for adults and FREE for children 12 & under. Park entry free with a State Parks Pass.
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult and the program is for ages 13 and up only.
  • Close-toed shoes and life jackets must be worn during the trip.

What to Expect:

  • Prepared for physical, outside, water-based activity. (Suggested weight limit for kayaks = 250 lbs).
  • Free safety and paddling lesson
  • Free gear use (kayak, paddle, and life jackets)
  • Small group instruction and guide (<17 people)
  • 1.5-hour paddling trip to Galveston Bay, over sea grass beds and bay bottom
  • Anything that goes out on the tour may get wet, muddy, salty, or completely submerged.
  • You must reserve your spot(s) by emailing Jordan Kieffer at jordan.kieffer@tpwd.texas.gov. Limit 4 people per reservation. Only tandem (two person) kayaks are available for use.


* Events and programs subject to cancellation due to weather. Please contact park staff for more information and further updates.