Kayaking and canoeing offer unique opportunities exploring Padre Island National Seashore in both the salt water of the Laguna Madre and the open ocean. The Laguna Madre boasts shallow waters and protected areas that are perfect for both the beginner paddler and the seasoned explorers. Sea kayaking can be challenging but offers unique fishing opportunities.
There is no fee to launch a canoe or a kayak in Padre Island National Seashore. Bird Island Basin camping and day use area may be easier and safer to launch from than the motorized boat ramp. Launching from the beach on the Gulf side of the island can be done anywhere except the stretch of beach directly in front of the Malaquite Visitor Center.
Fishing from Canoe and Kayak
Fishing is permitted with proper Texas licenses and stamps.
Keep Padre Island Wild
While exploring the island please be respectful. Many birds use the small islands in the Laguna as rookeries and should not be disturbed. Feeding, teasing, and purposefully disturbing wildlife with in the National Seashore is prohibited. Free trash bags are offered at the Malaquite Visitor Center.
Last updated: May 9, 2017