Mustang Island Paddling Trail

The Mustang Island Paddling Trail is made up of three individual trails. All three trails are with in a few miles of Mustang Island State Park. Two of the kayak paddling trails are not loops so paddlers should plan accordingly. All three trails promise paddling in protected waters through pristine wetlands as well as open waters along the bay's shoreline. The trails all run along the backside of Mustang Island (opposite side to the Gulf of Mexico) on the Corpus Christi Bay. In summer months the wetlands, spoil islands and Mustang Island can provide protection from the prevailing south-east wind. However be sure to check weather conditions before venturing out.

Ashum Trail

The Ashum Trail is about 7 miles long beginning at the Fish Pass and running along the shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay. The trail enters Wilson's cut (at the Shamrock Cove) and terminates. The Fish Pass was is about 12 miles from Port Aransas driving south on State Hwy 361. The turn to the put in at Fish Pass is on the right hand side and comes up IMMEDIATLY after crossing a small bridge (there is a sign before the bridge showing "Fish Pass"). The launch site at Fish Pass has sand/dirt parking. The Fish Pass used to flow through to the Gulf of Mexico in the early 1980s but has since filled in. The shallow pass now provides acces for paddlers to Corpus Christi Bay. Paddling through the pass allows birding opportunities and nature viewing. Once the trail reaches Corpus Christi Bay and turns north toward Port Aransas the shoreline is no longer protected from winds. Excellent fishing is along this entire shoreline. In fall flounder can be caught by bumping lures on the hard bottom. Again, as with the North Trail kayakers should make plans to have a vehicle or shuttle service to return to the put in at Fish Pass.

North Trail

The North Trail is 8-9 miles long  beginning at the put in located in Island Moorings Marina.   Paddlers twist and turn through water trails bypassing spoil islands along the way before ending up on the Corpus Christi Bay shoreline. The shoreline is exposed to north and west winds so kayakers should take special note to weather conditions during months when cold fronts can blow in with intense winds. The take out for the North Trail is at Wilsons Cut on the Shamrock Trail Loop. Plan accordingly for having a ride back to the Island Mooring Marina put in.

Shamrock Loop Trail

The Shamrock Loop Trail is about 5 miles long. It offers the most protection from windy conditions of three trails making up the Mustang Island Paddling Loop. To reach this trail from Port Aransas head south on State Hwy 361. Approximately 7 miles from town is the entrance to Wilson's Cut, the put in and take out for this trail. The entrance to Shamrock Cove is on the right hand side of the highway. The entrance is easy to miss as there is no sign. Look for a dirt road opening with several wooden posts. After heavy rains the entrance may be flooded and the sand washed from the highway so take care as you make the turn of the highway not to come in to fast. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Shamrock Cove is an incredible location! This is a wetland paradise for fisherman, bird-watching and anyone who enjoys getting out and into nature. Redfish, trout, flounder and black drum are plentiful along this trail. Expect to see herons, egrets, gulls, roseate spoonbills year round. In the fall and winter months waterfowl are here in extreme numbers.

Practice Safe Kayaking

Where a life jacket, bring a compass, bring plenty of water and let someone know where you are going. Weather can change fast on the island so be prepared.