Kayaking and canoeing

Galveston Island State Park offers exciting opportunities for kayaking or canoeing. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you can carry your boat across the beach and into the surf; alternatively, there are three locations where you can put-in on the bay-side of the park (Lake Como, Oak Bayou, or Jenkins Bayou).


Once in the water on the bay-side, you can explore on your own or follow one of the three marked trails (Dana Cove trail, Oak Bayou trail and Jenkins Bayou trail). Note that some trail markers are missing due to weather events such as Hurricane Ike.

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The Park’s three marked paddling trails, with marker numbers shown

Guided kayak tours

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Tours start at kayak put-in K2

Our two-person kayaks are available for guided bay-side tours of the Park’s wetlands – at no charge to you!

Tours typically last two hours or more, based on the capabilities of participants. Start times depend on tide and season.

Public tours are regularly scheduled. For more information, refer to the Galveston Island State Park website.

To arrange a private tour with 10-14 people, please contact Ranger Lisa Reznicek.

Additional resources

The Weather Channel provides daily and extended weather forecasts for the Park.

NOAA provides information on tides. Scroll down to the link for Jamaica Beach, which is the closest listing to the Park.