North Padre Island / Packery Channel (Packery Channel Park)

Continent
North America
Country
Texas (USA)
Next Big City
Corpus Christi
Next Town
Corpus Christi
 
Type:
Lagoon
Rider Ability:
Intermediate, Expert
Features:
School, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat
Hazards:
Ships, Jetskis, Shells, Stakes
Quality:
Cloudy
Best Tide:
High tide, Coming tide, Falling tide

Shallow and flat water protected by North Padre Island. At low tide it gets pretty shallow. The channel is deep, but do not kite here, only use it for going out or coming in. The bottom is muddy, and can have sharp shells.

Beach

Type:
Grass
Size:
Small
Hazards:
Power lines, Other
Beach Users:
None

Grassy beach. No sand. Look out for wooden stakes and the power cable.

Wind

Best Months:
March, April, May, June, July
Wind Type:
Thermal, Frontal
Best Direction:
N, NNE, NE, E, ESE, SE
Main Direction:
N, NNE, NE, E, ESE, SE

Winds are very consistent. Two principal wind patterns dominate the Texas Coastal Zone: frequent, strong southeasterly winds (essentially at any time of the year but most pronounced in the spring through mid-summer) and north, northeasterly winds associated with cold fronts from October through March. July through October has a bit less wind but is still good.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
No walk

Take the route 22 east from Corpus Christi. Drive over the JFK Causeway bridge and look out for the "Subway" sandwich shop. Then turn left into the Packery Channel County Park and follow the road until it dead ends at a grassy park.

Extra information

Rules
Zones

Please avoid riding in the channel, specially during summer. Many boats pass by. Ride in the flats behind the channel.

Nightlife

Lots of nightlife around.