Event Detail
Shoalwater Bay Paddle In

Start Date/Time: Friday, July 14, 2017
End Date/Time: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Recurring Event: One time event
Weekend / Advanced Skill
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Trip Initiator: Ken Jennings 


Trip Description:

This is a primitive weekend camp out and fishing adventure in Shoalwater Bay. It requires a 6 mile paddle to the camping area. Everyone must be able to carry all their gear, food and water needed for the weekend, there will be not planned group meals.

Shoalwater Bay is one of the few bays on the Texas coast that still has some large grass bottom areas which usually hold clear water allowing for sightcasting. Our camping location will allow easy access to San Antonio and Espiritu Santo Bays as well. Shell Bar is approximately 1/2 mile away across the bay.

The weather is more unpredictable this time of year therefore everyone needs to watch the weather forecast and pack the appropriate clothing and gear. The wind will likely be blowing so the wind chill factor needs to be considered since there will be little protection at the camp site.

The island landing is muddy so it is best to wear water boots since sandals will more than likely not stay on your feet. It is not unusual to sink past your ankles and it only gets worse over the weekend.

Skill Level: Advanced

The skill level for this trip is rated as advanced due to the 6 mile paddle, primitive camping and the fact that everyone must be able to carry all their gear for the weekend. The difficulty of the 5 mile paddle depends upon the wind conditions; it varies from easy to difficult.

Leader:  Ken Jennings


We will meet at Charlies Bait camp and everyone will have to pay to park their vehicles for the weekend. Parking should be less than $20. Charlie's is located at the end of Lane Road which is located off of Highway 185 between Seadrift and Port O'Connor. They have a website with limited information.

Friday: Meet at Charlies at 9:00 am, pack kayaks then we shove off about 10:00 am

Sunday: Return to Charlies by 3:00 pm






How to Sign Up:

Register for a PACK login account and then use the Auto Enroll link above to automatically have your name added to the list below.




How to Get There:

Travel East from Seadrift, TX on Highway 185 approximately 6.5 miles to Lane Road. Turn right onto Lane Road (the only direction possible, there is a sign for Charlies Bait Camp) Follow Lane Road to near the end and Charlies in on the right.





What to Pack/Bring:

See Standard PACK List for items to consider for any PACK outing

Important items:

§ VHF Radio for communication and emergency contact

§ First Aid Kit

§ Food, Water, snacks

Kayak Drift Sock


Recommended guidelines for participants:

§ Make sure trip leader or an officer has your emergency contact

§ Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns

§ If inexperienced, then buddy up. Make sure the trip leader knows your experience level

§ Communicate with the trip leader, if you are unsure of your skill level required

§ Member dues are current

§ Guests are invited to participate

§ Have performed deep water entries

§ Cary a first aid kit

§ Have a life jacket

§ Have a VHF radio

§ Inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.

§ Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.


Guest Fee = $5.00 (Note: A guest is a person that is not a current paid member of PACK and ACA)

Charlie’s Parking Fee = $20.00

Fishing Options:

Shoalwater Bay, Espiruto Santo Bay, San Antonio Bay, Steamboat Pass, etc.


 Enrolled Participants
1. Ken J
2. memshoff
3. memonk0730
4. Bmath

Owned by Ken J On Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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