Guided Laguna Madre kayak tours offered

(Courtesy photo by USFWS / Robert Burton)

(Courtesy photo by USFWS / Robert Burton)

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Looking to gain a new skill this summer?

The Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge will offer guided kayak tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting May 25. Tours will run through September.

No experience is required for participants who will paddle sit-on-top kayaks on the Laguna Madre adjoining the Laguna Atascosa NWR. Participants will be instructed in the use of a kayak and introduced to the habitats and wildlife of the refuge and Laguna Madre.

The tour includes all kayak equipment, knowledgeable guides, transportation to and from the Laguna Atascosa NWR Visitor Center, located 18 miles east of Rio Hondo on FM 106, and snacks. Participants 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Kayak tours run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with about two hours on the water. Reservations are required.

For more information, call (956) 748-3607, ext. 111 or visit

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends organization.

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1 comment

    • Cdub on May 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm
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    Great introductory trip. Learn basics of kayaking and get a pretty detailed account of the natural history of the area. Usually see many organisms and discuss their role(s) in the ecosystem as the trip takes place..

    One note: I believe the transportation is from the visitors center to the put in then back to the visitors center. Participants must provide their own transport from their home to the LANWR Visitor Center.

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