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Lake Charlotte-Mac Lake Day Trip

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Phil Salvador
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required
This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants in ACA-insured activities must wear properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs) at all times during on-water activities. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.
Available Slots:
No Fee



Trip Description:  We will meet at 9:30 AM to launch at 10 AM from Cedar Hill Park.  We don't want to start earlier because it will be duck hunting season.  All duck hunters should have gone home by 10 AM.

Paddle west to Mac Bayou, then north into Little Mac Lake, on to Mac Lake.  On return lunch/rest stop at the cut. We'll paddle back into Lake Charlotte.  At this point paddlers can decide to go straight back to Cedar Hill, or proceed south across lake Charlotte to have a look at Mud Lake. This is a beautiful cypress swamp paddle.

There are concrete privies at Cedar Hill Park where we launch, but that's it. The lunch stop has some outstanding bushes, trees, and fire ants.

Registration note: If you are a HASK member, you can click through the page that asks for your ACA number and emergency contacts. Your Profile already has that information. 

Currently non-HASK guests of HASK members are not allowed to register becauseI cannot figure out how to allow this on the HASK web site  However, If a HASK member would like to bring a non-HASK guest, pleaselet me know and I will get them registered.

Directions to the Put-in:  Our destination is Cedar Hill Park.  To get there take I-10 East from Houston about 35 miles and cross over the Trinity River bridge. Continue 4 miles further  to FM 563 at exit 810.  Turn left onto FM563 (North) 
and go 2.7 miles to Lake Charlotte Rd.  Turn left (West) and travel 1.0 mile to the entrance (left turn) to Cedar Hill Park.  It's approximately 45 miles from Downtown Houston. The Lat/Long for the put-in is N29 52.606 W94 43.132. The Google directions are not as accurate as they need to be so take the directions above.

Here is some historical info. on the immediate area we will be in:

Hazards: East Texas critters - alligators, fire ants, wasps, snakes. poison ivy. Lake can get very choppy in a 15 mph wind. Note: The bryozoans are harmless.

Here's a bryozoan (courtesy Natalie Wiest).   Remember, even baby bryozoans are cute and their mothers love them.


Trip Leader             

Phil Salvador
Trip Assistants 
HASK Trip Ratings*
Pat Cox, Carl Kuhnen(?)

Ready to Launch at     

10 AM

Duration (hours         

3 - 4

Paddling Miles


Emergency Initiator

Emergency Phone Numbers

Latest Expected Return Date/Time

911 or Liberty County Sheriff (936) 336-4500

Auto Description/License#

Contact at Launch Site (opt)                  

Distance from Downtown Houston

Silver Honda CV-R JLX-7922                                                                                                                                                                                         45 miles
3rd Party fees (camping, etc.)


* Trip ratings are only a guide.  Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather.



This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants in ACA-insured activities must wear properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved lifejackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs) at all times during on-water activities.


Waivers - Please complete our easy to use online waiver if you are a HASK member who has not signed a waiver within the last 12 months or a non- HASK participant. Read the waiver carefully.  You give up substantial rights when you sign it.

  • Add Smartwaiver with email address “” to your address book to ensure emails do not go to junk/spam.
  • Select a link below to complete the online waiver. 

   ACA-HASK Adult WaiverACA-HASK Minor Waiver

  • Respond to the “Confirm your E-Signature” email from ACA / HASK to confirm your email address.  Wavier is now complete and valid.
  • You will receive a confirmation email. Please download and print a copy of the waiver and bring it to the trip put-in. 


Guests – You are welcome to join us for a couple of paddle trips.  HASK will cover the $5 ACA event membership for non-ACA members. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.