The refuge here has several kayaks that they make available to staff and volunteers, so Teri and I got up early on Sunday morning, grabbed a pair of kayaks, and headed out. As predicted, the weather was perfect!
The refuge kayaks are "sit-on-top", which is different than the "sit-in" boats we've used before. You are a bit higher above the water and not in a covered cockpit. We found them very comfortable and stable. An advantage of this type of kayak is that they are much easier to get off and on while out in the water. This appeals to fisherman and snorkelers who might use the kayak to get out to a specific spot and then get out to wade or swim.
The refuge has a private boat ramp where their law enforcement boats are docked. We launched from there. This Double-crested Cormorant was using a refuge boundary sign as a perch.
We stayed close to the island edge and explored the mangroves. The water here is crystal clear and for the most part quite shallow. Being in a kayak that only drafts about 6" of water is a good thing, as there were a great many shallow areas.