Indianola is located about halfway between Port Lavaca and Port O'Connor. It was once the second-largest port on the Texas coast. During the mid-1800s, thousands of settlers and tons of cargo were landed here bound for points inland. The town was completely destroyed by a hurricane in 1886 and never rebuilt. Today, little remains of this once thriving port.
The low lying areas around Indianola contain a number of small saltwater lakes and bayous. The Alamo/Indianola/Magnolia Beach Kayak Trails were established to allow fisherman and nature lovers to explore these areas. In addition to excellent fishing, the area is well known birdwatching spot and includes several sites on the Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
The Magnolia Loop is about 2½ miles long and loops around Old Town Lake and the adjacent bayous. The launch site is at Magnolia Beach.
Nearby birdwatching sites include Magnolia Beach, Magic Ridge and the Indianola Bird Walk.
La Salle Loop
The La Salle Loop is about 3 miles long and loops around Blind Bayou and then follows the bayou to Powderhorn Lake. There are two launch sites.
This trail is named for the nearby statue of the French explorer, Robert de La Salle. La Salle was one of the first to explore the area and established a fort on Lavaca Bay and the wreckage of one of his ships was discovered in Matagorda Bay in 1995.
The Powderhorn Loop is about 12 miles long and loops around Powderhorn Lake and through Powderhorn Bayou.
Launch sites for this trail can be found at the Indianola Fishing Marina, the Powderhorn RV Park and on Coloma Creek.
Powderhorn Lake is also a popular birding area.
More information on fishing around Port Lavaca and Port O'Connor.