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“A scenic and challenging kayak tour”

Lighthouse Lakes Trail
Ranked #13 of 19 things to do in Port Aransas
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Owner description: This sea kayak trail is marked with GPS coordinates and trail signs and goes through a beautiful estuary region.
Reviewed 30 July 2016

My wife and I tried the Lighthouse Lakes Kayak Trail on a tandem ocean kayak. We started near marker 60 by the ferry. This is a well marked trail. Maps with GPS coordinates are available in parks, on line, and at Port Aransas kayak stores. It is a Texas Parks and Wildlife trail. Tips:1. Start early during the hot months. The wind is usually lighter earlier and builds as the day gets hotter. 2. Take a map. You can get disoriented. 3. Take plenty of water. You will appreciate some food also. 4. Wear sunscreen. 4. Know when high tide and low tide are. Some areas around low tide need to be walked through. 5. Wear water socks. 6. This can be a very challenging trail when the wind picks up. This said, it is beautiful. It can be peaceful early in the morning. You can get great pics from a good camera. It took us over 4 hours and we received a real workout. But we learned a lot and will do it again.

6  Thank Gordon K
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

Kayaking the Lighthouse Lakes Trail is so relaxing. It was my family's favorite activity this year while we stayed in Port Aransas. We went on a group tour since it was our first time. I highky recommend going by group if you've never kayaked. The trails can be tricky so if you go without a guide be sure a have a lake trails map. The scenery is beautiful. If you like to bird watch this is a great way to do it. It is also very relaxing to just paddle around and look at mother nature's beauty.

4  Thank TCJtown
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

We paddled from the channel to the Lighthouse, took a left, and zigzagged along marked trails back to the channel. We we out there for 4 hours, and had to paddle almost the entire time to keep the boat from being swept away. Paddling against the high winds was VERY challenging for us.

Overall though, it was a great day. Lots of birds, including Great Blue Herons. Also lots of Mullet fish that were very entertaining jumping out of the water. Some almost jumped into the kayak! Sadly, did not see any dolphins in the channel.

1  Thank Christine G
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Reviewed 11 April 2015

There are a lot of really good places to kayak in Port A. The Lighthouse Lakes Trail is one of the most extensive, but is well marked, thanks to a young man and his Eagle project! You can meander through the many "lakes" on the trail where you will see tailing redfish, lots of birds and often other types of wildlife. The trail is the best way to get close to the Lydia Ann Lighthouse, as well.

Be careful...watch the tides. If you are way back in there when the tide starts going out, it can be tough heading back. Also, there is a pretty strong current crossing the channel to enter the trail. It's best to paddle upstream from where you want to end up to compensate for some drift from the current.

5  Thank Traveln_Texan
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Reviewed 5 January 2015

The kayaking trail is a unique way to get close to the lighthouse. It's fun to be on the water so close to all fish and birds. A one of a kind outdoor activity not to be missed while in the area. It's easy to rent kayaks or bring your own and launch them at the park. Just be careful of low tide, don't go then because the oyster beds are tough to paddle through.

4  Thank Susan M
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