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Sandy Creek off Navidad River and Lake Texana

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM until 3:30 PM
Just past Ganado, about 90 miles from Houston. A straight shot south down 59 and takes about 1hr15
Ganado, TX  
William Ohsie
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required by May 6, 2017
This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants must wear a PFD. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.
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Description: This is a  HASK trip on Sandy Creek which is an eastern tributary of the Navidad River. The boat ramp is immediately off of Highway 59 right before the bridge that goes over Lake Texana. On the last trip, we saw a lot of wildlife and no roads or marinas or even houses.  We'll do 6-8 miles round-trip on Sandy Creek, and then return to the launch site for lunch. Then 2-4 additional miles round-trip south into Lake Texana for those who want to extend the trip. That area has many dead trees, similar to Choke Canyon, and we have seen eagles there on previous trips.

There are no facilities anywhere except for one large tree off the parking area, but there is a RV/truck stop just before Ganado at the first exit for the town. It has a good small town restaurant. It's the TA Truck Stop.


Directions: Highway 59 just past Ganado. The boat launch is on the south- east side of the bridge immediately before it goes over Lake Texana off a short gravel feeder road.   If there is traffic on 59, it's safer to cross the bridge over the lake, turn around when you can, and come back over the bridge from west to east. You'll be exiting directly from the freeway itself; please be careful.


Lat - lon of the put-in is    29° 1.506'N,   96° 32.927'W

My cellphone number is 281-513-2398



Hazards: There are alligators in the area and all the usual suspects of SE Texas. 



Trip Leader(s)

Bill Ohsie and Carl Kuhnen

HASK Trip Rating*

Level 2+ depending on wind

Ready to Launch at

            10:00 am

Duration (hours)


Paddling Miles

8-12 miles

Maximum participants


Emergency #s

Jackson Co Sheriff 361-782-3541 or 911

Distance from Downtown Houston

90 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. Every participant must wear a PFD.


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.

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  • Select a link below to complete the online waiver. 

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  • 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.