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Baytown Fireworks from Goose Creek

Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM
Bayland Park
Bayland Park website
2400 TX-146 BUS
Bayown, TX  
Carl Kuhnen
713-444-3315 (cell)
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required by July 3, 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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This trip will be an approximate re-enactment of the Battle of San Jacinto, where Paul Revere ("one if by land and two if by sea") snuck up on Santa Anna and achieved American Independence from Mexico, or something.

Anyway, here's the plan to see some celebratory fireworks from the water:
4:30 PM - meet at Bayland Park and unload
5:00 PM - paddle out of Goose Creek across Tabbs Bay to the cut between Hog Island and Atkinson Island
6:00 PM - arrive at shell beach for picnic dinner and to watch the big boats go by in the Houston Ship Channel
7:30 PM - depart Atkinson Island to Goose Creek
8:30 PM - arrive in Goose Creek as the sun goes down behind the Fred Hartman Bridge, paddle up Goose Creek 
9:30 PM - Baytown July 4 fireworks 
10:00 PM - Paddle back to Bayland Park
10:30 PM - load up boats and head home

Round trip to Atkinson Island is about 6 miles, Level 2. Round trip up Goose Creek is another 3 miles, Level 1.
Tabbs Bay crossing is 3/4 mile and is usually benign but could be choppy in an east wind. There will likely be some light boat traffic. We will stay well away from the Houston Ship Channel.

The Goose Creek portion of this trip will be a night paddle, so we will need to be properly equipped. I will bring glow sticks to affix fore and aft to each boat. These make us visible to each other without blinding ourselves.
Bring a marine radio if you have one.
U S Coast Guard also requires a white light visible from 360 degrees. (A waterproof deck light, headlamp, or secured flashlight is ok.)
A Visual Distress Signal (bright white light with strobe or SOS) is also required. You should have a sound signal, either a loud whistle or a horn. 
Go pick up the required night gear if you don't have it. You'll need it for the solar eclipse on August 21 anyway.

Baytown July 4 2017 Fireworks Paddle

Hazards -- Light boat traffic of small to medium size in Tabbs Bay. Night visibility requires proper gear and staying together. Tabbs Bay has some oysters and below-water pilings, and can be choppy in an east wind. The boat ramp may be slippery. We have not had a car security problem at Bayland Park but it is in a populated area and is not regularly patrolled.


Trip Leader  Carl Kuhnen
 Trip Assistants  
 Trip Rating* 2
 Ready to Launch at  5:00 PM
 Duration (hours  6
 Paddling Miles 9
 Emergency Initiator  
 Emergency Phone #s  911, USCG 713-678-9057
 Latest Expected Return  11:59 PM
 Auto Description/Lic # FWC 6215
 Distance from Houston 25 miles


* 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.


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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.