Welcome to Texas Paddling Trails!

New Ron R. Smith Memorial Paddling Trail on Oso Bay
Open April 17, 2024!

A new trail in the Coastal Bend is launching this spring. The Ron R. Smith Memorial Paddling Trail on Oso Bay gives paddlers a chance to enjoy 2-5 miles of trail, with views of coastal birds, fishing opportunities, and all the scenic beauty that Oso Bay has to offer.

Enjoy improved and maintained fishing and paddling access to rivers, creeks, lakes, ponds, bayous, and bays on any of the 81 official Texas Paddling Trails available throughout the state!!


These trails provide well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience.

With more than 3,700 named streams, 15 major rivers and some 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline along the Gulf Coast, Texas offers unlimited possibilities for paddling adventures and angling opportunities of all types.

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: