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Seadrift Paddling Trail (Tivoli to Seadrift)

When:
Saturday, March 6, 2021, 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM
Where:
Put in at Calhoun's Riverside RV Retreat at 125 Haeber Lane, Tivoli, TX 77990 off Hwy 35
699 W Bay Avenue
Seadrift, TX   77983
Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Lynne C Andrus
Trip Leader
Category:
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Full In Advance Only
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. All participants must sign a waiver (ACA and COVID) or have them on file.
Cancellation Policy:
Notify the Event Contact to cancel your registration.
Capacity:
10
Available Slots:
Filled
Members pay for their own charges
Experience the 12.5 mile Seadrift Paddling Trail from Highway 35 near Tivoli to Seadrift - the final few miles of the Texas Water Safari (TWS).  The first 6+ miles includes the beautiful tree-lined meandering of the Guadalupe River before finishing the last half with a navigation of the bay and Victoria barge channel to the TWS finish in Seadrift.

After shuttle from Seadrift, we put-in at Calhoun's Riverside RV retreat ($7 per vehicle) to proceed down the slow, narrow, tree-lined Guadalupe River to where the mouth joins the San Antonio Bay.  We will leave the riparian wildlife to enter the salt grass and sandy beaches and birds of the bay.  Kayakers - in bulkheaded/spray skirt sea kayaks or on sit-on-tops - will need to be able to paddle the last six miles in often windy, choppy conditions. You will be up to a half mile from shore during the six mile paddle across the shallow bay with a crossing of the Victoria Barge Canal.  Note that a bad weather option is the Mission Bay loop shown at the TPWD Seadrift Paddling Trail website. 

Note -  This trip may offer surprises (hyacinths in the river, churning seas, fire-breathing dragons).  This nice thing about this area is that it offers many options.  Come prepared with a sense of adventure and flexibility.  We want a safe and fun trip!

For those staying or joining us on Sunday (March 7, 2021), we can (1) repeat this trip or (2) round-trip the Mission Lake Loop near the river or (3) round-trip Seadrift to Long Lake area of the bay.  Please see separate sign-up for Sunday, March 7.


That weekend, I will be staying at VRBO rented house across the street from the take-out in Seadrift.  Folks can rinse off bodies/boats/gear at the takeout at the Seadrift Bayfront Park or in the VRBO yard.  For those staying for Sunday, we can practice navigation or eat out at a local restaurant (within COVID guidelines) on Saturday night. Note that a bad weather option is the Mission Bay loop shown at the TPWD Seadrift Paddling Trail website.  

 

Directions - Take-out parking is at Seadrift Bayfront Park across the street where I'm staying at 504 West Bay Ave Seadrift, TX 7798. 
  

Hazards -- We will be crossing the Victoria Barge Canal with large boat traffic.  There also can be small boat traffic in the area. Logs and reefs are both above and below the water.  The boat ramp may be slippery.  

 

Trip Leader  Lynne Andrus
 Trip Assistants Carl Kuhnen
 Trip Rating*  2 to 3
 Ready to Launch at 8:30 AM
 Duration (hours  6
 Paddling Miles 12.5
 Emergency Initiator  
 Emergency Phone #s  911, USCG 361-939-0200
 Latest Expected Return  5 PM
 Auto Description/Lic # Silver Van 
 Distance from Houston 158 

 

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

 

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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.

COVID-19 Waivers.

Use the link HASK COVID-19 Waiver  to open the waiver in PDF form.  Print off the form, sign it and either bring it to the event or scan and email to me at bill@ohsiesworld.net as an attachment.  Other options are to take a photo of your waiver on your phone or scan using the Adobe Scan app and emailing or Text to Bill Ohsie.
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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. 

   ACA-HASK Adult Waiver ACA-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.