The Mustang Island Paddling Trails follow the western shoreline of Mustang Island in Corpus Christi Bay. The trails skirt the beautiful, protected waters of Shamrock Cove and then meander through marsh and spoil islands to the Island Moorings Marina in Port Aransas.
The trails offer more than 20 miles of natural habitat for observing various species of birds, armadillos and small mammals. This area also has some of the best shallow-water fishing in Texas.
The trails are a part of Mustang Island State Park and can be accessed from several launch points off State Highway 361. Highway 361 is part of the Scenic Drive around Corpus Christi Bay.
Download a GPX file of the Mustang Island Trail marker coordinates that is compatible with many GPS units and software applications such as Google Earth.
This trail starts at Island Moorings Marina and winds through several islands out to Corpus Christi Bay. It then follows the shoreline of the bay to sign #14 where it loops around through Atlantic Cut for a distance of 8.5 miles. Because it is approximately 5 miles back to the put-in, paddlers may chose to follow the Shamrock Trail and take out at Wilson's Cut. However, you will need to leave a vehicle at the take-out.
Popular fishing areas along this trail include the East Flats and the Fish Banks.
This 5.24 miles loop trail starts at Wilson's Cut and follows the Cut out to Shamrock Cove. It then follows the shoreline to sign #12 and loops back to the put-in. Because the trail is a loop, no shuttle is required.
The Shamrock area is a well known local fishing hot spot. Some of the most popular areas include Shamrock Cove, Green Shack Cove, Pink Shack Cove, Sinclair Cut and Atlantic Cut.
This 6.8-mile trail runs from Fish Pass along the shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay and enters Wilson's Cut and terminates at sign #6. This trail will require paddlers to leave a vehicle at the take-out.
This trail provides access to fishing areas at Fish Pass, Boot Cove, the Croaker Hole and Mustang Island Flats.
More information on Corpus Christi area fishing.