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San Bernard River Mouth/Beach Level 1 Day Trip

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM
Mouth of the San Bernard River, Brazoria Co., TX
FM 2918 Ramp, FM 2918
Brazoria, TX  
Wendel Bordelon
HASK Paddle Trip
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The floods from Hurricane Harvey cleared the mouth of the San Bernard river so that the original mouth opens to the Gulf with a sandbar blocking all but the biggest swell from getting into the mouth. With the flood I think the lagoon may have also opened to the Gulf.   Let's go see what there is to see and enjoy it before the Brazos closes up the mouth again. 

This is intended to be an easy paddle down to the mouth of the river.  The biggest challenge is usually a head wind as we head down the river.   There are always lots of birds of the feathery fishery kind around and just a pretty place to paddle in general.  We will be taking a easy pace as we explore this bit of river.

Plan for the day:

  • Put in at the boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway at FM 2918, paddle 1/4 mile in the ICW, then downstream in the San Bernard River.
  • We will check out the mouth of the river see what there is to see at the reopened mouth and the sand bar blocks it.  
  • We will next paddle around the corner and follow the protected lagoon that was formerly the river channel to the see what the beach looks like at that end. 
  • Land on the backside of the beach and walk over to the Gulf to relax, beach comb, and have lunch.
  • Paddle back to the landing

Total paddling distance will be about 6 miles.

It's a pretty easy paddle but will have some current in the river and is partially open to the wind.  We will adjust to the conditions as needed.


Directions to the Put-in: For Google Maps driving directions, enter FM 2918 Boat Ramp, FM 2918, Brazoria, TX

Take 288 South from Houston toward Lake Jackson, turn right on Hwy 2004 (2004 turns into 2611 as you go past hwy 36); travel SW for about 11 miles; where 2611 turns NW, turn left onto 2918 (you will still be headed SW, 2918 turns SE in about 0.5 miles).   Stay on 2918 till you arrive at the boat launch.  It’s about 10 miles from 2611.  The put-in is about 70 miles from downtown Houston. Parking is good at the put-in but note that there are no "facilities" at the put-in, indeed nary a bush. There is a three-star Texaco on FM 2004 just west of Hwy 288 and a couple of unrated (shabby) establishments a few miles farther down the road. It's a good 1 1/2 - 2  hours from Houston so leave yourself plenty of time.

Lat - lon of the put-in is  28°52'8.0364"N,   95° 26'56.5728"W


Hazards: Boat traffic on the Intracoastal Waterway, some of which is enormous. We will give it lots of room. Current and small boat traffic in the main river channel, then none in the lagoon. Otherwise, dehydration, fire ants, mosquitos, rattlesnakes, stingrays (shuffle your feet in the lagoon). Boat ramp can be slippery. Bring lunch, adequate water, sun protection, and a change of clothes in case you fall in.



Trip Leader  Wendel Bordelon
 Trip Assistants  
 Trip Rating*  1
 Ready to Launch at  10:00 a.m.
 Duration (hours)  4 
 Paddling Miles  6
 Emergency Initiator  
 Emergency Phone #s  
 Latest Expected Return  5 p.m.
 Auto Description/Lic #  
 Distance from Houston  90 miles



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



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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.