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Statew program designated trails with public access points for kayaks and canoes.
From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
The Texas Paddling Trails is a program to develop public inland and coastal paddling trails throughout the state and support these trails with maps, signage and other information. These trails provide well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience. There are currently seven coastal paddling trails and five inland paddling trails, with several communities in the process of applying for participation in this program.
TTPWD will provide the following assistance to approved applicants:
Designated paddling trails will have public access points for kayaks and canoes and must meet the following criteria:
A TPT kiosk will be required at the put-in and take out locations. TPWD will provide TPT kiosk options and estimated costs; the community partner is responsible for producing, installing and maintaining the approved kiosks. The map, interpretive and river conservation and ethics information inserts will be provided by TPWD to kiosk specifications.
The application should be completed by a representative of the community group wishing to partner with TPWD. Please note that the landowner(s) of the put-in and take-out access points must be partners in the project.
RIGHTS AND REGULATIONS
Inland Trails: As part of the navigation right, one may use the bed of a navigable stream, however, climbing out onto the banks can be considered trespassing. Criminal trespass occurs when one goes onto property after receiving notice not to enter. Notice includes verbal notice, a fence, sign(s), the presence of purple paint on posts or trees, or the visible presence of crops grown for human consumption. When encountering an obstruction in the riverbed, one has the right to portage around the obstruction, but take a direct path around and return to the streambed without lingering on the banks.
Coastal Trails: Natural and spoil islands, sandbars, oyster reefs, and beaches (to the vegetation line) are usually public property.
For more information about the Texas Paddling Trails program contact:
Nature Tourism Coordinator
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Updated August 9, 2008