Texas

Paddle Board or Kayak on Keller Bay

Originally added by Christopher Conant

Just a short drive from Houston, Austin, or San Antonio is a little shell beach that is perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, or just hanging out.

If you're interested in kayaking, paddle board, or just chilling, this spot is perfect for you (you can also fish, take photos and bird watch). To get to the spot, you will need to take I-10 from Houston, 71 from Austin, or 239 from San Antonio. The launch point is literally at the end of county road 172 near Olivia, Texas. The best thing about this spot is only NON-motorized boats are allowed to launch. So when you pull over the little berm of trees and shrubs, you're in relative isolation from the outside world. The water is also very shallow around the bay so only the skinniest of skiffs can get back in there. The cost of admission is just the right price: FREE!

Once you get to the launch point, you'll want to unload you watercraft. Either a kayak or a paddle board will work great. The berm surrounding the bay blocks northerly winds pretty well so you can feel comfortable getting up on your board to spot fish or birds. There are plenty of both around! Once you get in the water, you can paddle around the bay in search of fish or wildlife. Most of the fish will be redfish which will readily eat a fly or a lure on a spinning rod. You will need a valid fishing license to fish in Texas waters. You can go back up into some back lakes by paddling out into the bay and then up into the skinny arm. You'll be sure to see many different types of birds up there depending on the time of year.

After you have paddled around for a bit, it's probably time for a bite to eat. I would recommend grabbing sandwiches along the way or bringing a small grill to enjoy a warm lunch on the beach. Be careful when you're on the beach though. The shore is covered with oyster shells that can cut you pretty bad if you're not careful. If you don't want to head back to town, there's an RV park close by that you can check out for camping. Or you can sleep under the stars right at the launch point! Either way, you're sure to have a blast and the sunset is spectacular here!

All and all, a great spot, despite being very primitive. If you don’t want to bring a board or kayak, there is also a beautiful little island you can wade to and set up your chairs. There are no bathrooms or picnic tables or anything, so you need to pack in everything you want to enjoy yourself. I highly recommend this spot for a Sunday Funday or a day of hooky,

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Stand Up Paddle
Chillin
Fishing
Photography
Kayaking
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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