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Oyster Lake - Palacios Point Loop

Sunday, June 27, 2021, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Oyster Lake, Matagorda County Texas. Start from Oyster Lake Fishing Hole (in Google Maps, satellite
Small park at the end of Oyster Lake Road
Additional Info:
Phil Salvador
Leader, organizer
713-591-2974 (p)
713-591-2974 (c)
HASK Paddle Trip
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This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants must wear a PFD. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.
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Oyster Lake / Palacios Point Loop

June 27 2021


This is a 11.5-mile circle route described on pp 59 – 60 of Kayaking The Texas Coast, by John Whorff.  It takes in Oyster Lake and Matagorda Bay, and a little bit of the Intra Coastal Waterway (ICWW).  According to Whorff, attractions include beautifully vegetated bluffs, beautiful shell beaches, ruins from the Old Days, good bird watching and possible dolphins.


The described route starts at Oyster Lake Fishing Hole (in Google Maps.  Satellite photo location 28 deg 36' 40.63" N, 96 deg 12' 54.50" W), which is in Oyster Lake Park.  More general coordinates: 28.61255, -96.21402.  Oyster Lake Fishing Hole is a shell beach just outside Oyster Lake.  Paddle through a channel into Oyster Lake, east to ICWW, south west down ICWW to Matagorda Bay then WSW to Palacios Point and NW back to launch.  See image below


Conditions will probably be ACA L1 to L2.  Hazards are the usual: heat, sun, bugs, oyster reefs and boat traffic (big ones in the ICWW).  Bring plenty of water (something with electrolytes - sugars and salts - wouldn't hurt), sun protection (sun cream, sun glasses, proper covering clothing, hat), bug repellant, snacks and lunch.  Currents can be swift in channels especially on a falling tide.


Trip Leader

Phil Salvador

Trip Assistants

None so far

Trip rating*

1 - 2 with potential to be a level 3 trip depending on conditions

Ready to Launch at

9:00 a.m.

Duration (hours)

7, with lunch and other breaks

Paddling Miles (statute)

11 -12

Emergency Initiator (Level 3 & 4)

Not planned at this time. Will get one if plan to launch in Level 3 conditions

Emergency Phone #s

Galveston US Coast Guard409-766-5633
Corpus Christi US Coast GuardEmergency Phone:(361) 939-0450
Matagorda Sheriff(979) 245-5526

Latest Expected Return

4 PM

Auto Description/Lic #

Silver Honda CR-V TX JLX 7922

Distance from Houston

115 miles to SW

* Trip ratings are only a  guide.  Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather.



Oyster Lake Park is located about 9 miles south of the town of Collegeport and approximately 15 miles south of the intersection of FM521 and FM1095. From Matagorda, take Hwy 60 north to FM 521. Take a left and head west to FM1095. Take a left and go south to County Road 365. Continue south on 365 until you cross the bridge. The road will dead end into the park.  Coordinates: 28.61255, -96.21402


There are no amenities, but camping is allowed. The road to get there is passable by any vehicle but it is unpaved, rough and you will be travelling very slowly on the county road.

Oyster Lake TX with route, uploaded by P Salvador June 2021

This is an ACA sanctioned event. Every participant must wear a PFD.


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Guests – You are welcome to join us for a couple of paddle trips.  HASK will cover the $5 ACA event membership for non-ACA members. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.