Two-Hour Guided Canoe Trip

Want to explore our paddling trails on a canoe but not sure where to start?

When Aug 09, 2014
from 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Contact Name Amy Kocurek
Contact Email
Contact Phone Reservations: (409) 384-5231

Want to explore our paddling trails but not alone? Join a ranger for a two-hour guided canoe trip around our 2.97 mile long Walnut Island Trail. This trail hugs the shoreline of the Walnut Ridge Unit part of the park and takes paddlers under a couple bridges and through a cypress tree forest. While paddling, we will be on the lookout for wildlife such as belted kingfishers, anhingas, herons, turtles and alligators. 

This trip is from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and costs $15 per canoe; each canoe holds two adults. Some canoe experience preferred, but participation is available to anyone capable of the mild to moderate exertion of paddling.

Space is limited so please call our headquarters office in advance to make your reservation.

Where: Meet at the boat dock behind the dining hall on the Walnut Ridge Unit part of the park.

What to Bring: 

  • Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station)
  • Snacks such as granola bars
  • Full water bottle
  • Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (not flip flops)
  • Sunscreen
  • A hat that won't blow away in high winds
  • Sunglasses
  • Dress for the weather
  • Bug spray
  • Dry bag, zip lock bags, or waterproof containers for your gear (Our rangers are not responsible for any damages to your possessions.)
  • Something soft such as a cushion or towel to sit on
  • Any special medication, for example an EpiPen. 


    What to Know: 

    • Please let us know if you are unable to attend at least two days in advance.
    • Please use the bathroom before showing up at the boat dock.
    • Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided by Martin Dies, Jr. State Park.
    • Our canoes comfortably sit two adults, but one youth could sit crossed legged in the middle of the canoe.
    • This event is subject to cancellation due to thunderstorms or high winds.
    • Visitors are welcome to bring their own canoes/kayaks but will still have to pay the $15 fee for this trip.

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