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#2310070
Follow up question. Is there an indicator at the launch sites to know when it is deep enough to paddle so you're not hiking and dragging your kayak on the trail?

It's the next area I want to explore in the AP/PA area but after failing to get out of Saint Mary's Bayou this past winter just because I didn't realize how high the water needed to be, I would like to avoid situations like that.

For me I could look on the south side of 361 and make see how high the water is but it could be good information for others.
#2310072
ben_beyer wrote:Follow up question. Is there an indicator at the launch sites to know when it is deep enough to paddle so you're not hiking and dragging your kayak on the trail?

It's the next area I want to explore in the AP/PA area but after failing to get out of Saint Mary's Bayou this past winter just because I didn't realize how high the water needed to be, I would like to avoid situations like that.

For me I could look on the south side of 361 and make see how high the water is but it could be good information for others.

There's no gauge or tide marker at any of the entrances, so you'll need to reference the Port Aransas Tide Gauge.

Above 1' MLLW you'll be OK throughout LHL. Between 0.75' - 1' MLLW most of the lakes should hold enough water to paddle but some may be too shallow. Between 0.5' - 0.75' MLLW stick to the deeper parts of the flats adjacent to entrances and don't venture too far into the lake system. Below 0.5' MLLW head to South Bay, B&R Flats, or anywhere else with deeper water.
#2311103
Asalgado wrote:Are there any recommended areas to camp overnight near lighthouse trails?

Right now you'll be hard pressed to find enough dry land for a tent. You can't overnight camp within the park area of Lighthouse Lakes Park. Anywhere else along 361 between AP and the ferry is fair game other than the obvious private property. paddling in and camping on spoil islands would be difficult due to high waters, but maybe along the quarantine shoreline.
#2311145
Asalgado wrote:I think im just going to camp on the beach and fish mustang island area, croaker hole, pink shack cove. Any experience/luck in those areas?

I would check with the city and make sure camping on the beach is allowed at this point. Things are still a bit wonky with covid restrictions.

Croaker Hole is very difficult to get to since the access point halfway down Wilson's Cut is no longer an option. Since the only option to launch is now at the end of Wilson's cut, you'd have to paddle the entire length to Corpus Christi Bay then paddle south and entire those water via Boot Cove.

Make sure to scout the access to Wilson's Cut, we've had prolonged high tides due to storms and what not so the roads leading back may not be in the best of conditions.
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