Kayaking the Texas Coast

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“Few experiences compare with navigating a sea kayak through a large sandy bay lined with oyster-shell beaches, past golden sand dunes into rough ocean waters, then surfing back onto a wind-swept beach at sunset.”—from the Introduction
 

Half of the nearly 400-mile Texas coastline is flanked by barrier islands. Behind them, large and small bays shelter estuarine marshes, oyster-reef communities, and sea grass meadows that teem with wildlife, creating a bird watcher's and angler's paradise. For an intimate ...

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Overview

“Few experiences compare with navigating a sea kayak through a large sandy bay lined with oyster-shell beaches, past golden sand dunes into rough ocean waters, then surfing back onto a wind-swept beach at sunset.”—from the Introduction
 

Half of the nearly 400-mile Texas coastline is flanked by barrier islands. Behind them, large and small bays shelter estuarine marshes, oyster-reef communities, and sea grass meadows that teem with wildlife, creating a bird watcher's and angler's paradise. For an intimate encounter with these natural treasures, no other water craft can compare to a kayak.
 
 
Veteran kayaker John Whorff’s Kayaking the Texas Coast is an essential guide for beginning and experienced kayakers to the many miles of shoreline that surround the shallow bays, lagoons, and islands of the Texas coast. Novices will appreciate this book’s detailed information about where to paddle and camp, what to see, and where to obtain additional information about safety and route planning. Accomplished kayakers will enjoy Whorff’s enticing route descriptions and other pertinent details on paddling the Texas coastline.
 
Opening with an extended introductory text that covers kayaks and equipment, safety considerations and emergencies, camping dos and don’ts, and helpful resources, Kayaking the Texas Coast also lists useful websites and guidebooks. In the main portion of the text, the coast is organized into ten destinations, from the Galveston Bay complex in the north to Boca Chica State Park in the south. For each of these destinations, Whorff provides information on navigational aids, planning considerations, accommodations, and directions to launch sites before describing various paddling routes within each destination—around seventy routes in all. Each route is ranked for difficulty as “beginner,” “intermediate,” or “advanced.” Detailed maps and vivid photographs by the author complete the package.
 
"Kayaking the Texas Coast is your must-have guidebook to the coastline and bays of the Lone Star State. Many miles of sea kayaking adventure are described, along with maps and discussion of the natural world encountered along the way. My copy will be riding in car and kayak with me. I look forward to seeing with my own eyes what the author has described and mapped."-- Natalie Wiest, founder and director, Galveston Bay Information

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Editorial Reviews

Galveston Daily News

". . . 'Kayaking the Texas Coast' is a must-have for any Texas kayaker ready to spread his or her wings and explore more of the Texas Coast. . . from Galveston Bay to Padre Island. . . spot-on in his descriptions, maps and advice. . . simple to use and easy to read. . . adding. . . expertise and insight on the diverse wildlife we are so lucky to have on the Texas coast. Excellent color wildlife photos are enough in themselves to make this a great coffee table book for anyone who loves wildlife. It's just about impossible to read this book and not start planning a kayak trip." - David Bean, Galveston Daily News

— David Bean

Gina Donovan

“John Whorff’s book, Kayaking the Texas Coast, is a must have for anyone interested in exploring Texas’ coastline by kayak. Logistical details, points of interest, historical accounts, and ecological services are featured in this easy to read and use resource. Not only does the book heighten awareness of the coast’s phenomenal ecological diversity, but also helps paddlers plan trips for maximum fun and safety!”—Gina Donovan, author of Neches River User Guide
Galveston Daily News - David Bean

". . . 'Kayaking the Texas Coast' is a must-have for any Texas kayaker ready to spread his or her wings and explore more of the Texas Coast. . . from Galveston Bay to Padre Island. . . spot-on in his descriptions, maps and advice. . . simple to use and easy to read. . . adding. . . expertise and insight on the diverse wildlife we are so lucky to have on the Texas coast. Excellent color wildlife photos are enough in themselves to make this a great coffee table book for anyone who loves wildlife. It's just about impossible to read this book and not start planning a kayak trip." - David Bean, Galveston Daily News
Natalie Wiest

"Kayaking the Texas Coast is your must-have guidebook to the coastline and bays of the Lone Star State. Many miles of sea kayaking adventure are described, along with maps and discussion of the natural world encountered along the way. My copy will be riding in car and kayak with me. I look forward to seeing with my own eyes what the author has described and mapped."--Natalie Wiest, director, Galveston Bay Information Center and Library Director
Paul Hammerschmidt

“. . . provides the avid and novice kayaker alike with details on how to have a fun, safe and memorable paddling trip."--Paul Hammerschmidt, Texas Parks and Wildlife

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Meet the Author

JOHN WHORFF has been paddling kayaks since 1971 and kayaking the Texas coast since 1988. A specialist in optometric glaucoma with an opthalmology group based in Tyler, he has written for Sea Kayaker magazine and lives in Winnsboro, Texas.

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