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Luling Paddle Trail & River Cleanup - Cancelled

When:
Saturday, February 27, 2021, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Where:
San Marcos River Put-in:
State Highway 90 River Crossing
GPS coordinates 29° 40'
Luling Zedler Mill Paddle Trail
Luling, TX  
Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Lynne C Andrus
512-292-9968 (p)
Category:
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required before Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 3:00 PM
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. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.
Cancellation Policy:
Notify the Event Contact to cancel your registration.
Members pay for their own charges
CANCELLED due to folks dealing with aftermath from weather issues across the state.

Do good while paddling  one of the best sections of the San Marcos River. The history and beauty of this river stretch has earned designation as a Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPWD) river trail - the six mile Luling Zedler Mill River Trail.  We will be part of the annual Texas Rivers Protection Act (TPRA) annual river cleanup in where individuals and clubs clean up the entire San Marcos River before this trash can travel down the Guadalupe and litter our marshes, bays, and oceans.

I've found that all sorts of boats work well on this section.  Obviously, flatwater canoes and kayaks are easier to paddle.  Sit-on-tops (SOTs) are great cleanup work boats. HASK member Leslie Taylor is bringing an extra tandem SOT to lend out.  I'll paddle - kayak style - a tandem canoe that can serve as the trash barge.  

Participants will be supplied trash bags.  Please bring your own garden gloves to protect hands.   Note, we will be taking out before the dam across from Zedler Mill (or an alternate site if construction is not completed as scheduled).  Thus - other than a possible downed tree or two - no portages!  

TPRA offers free campsites in the Martindale are to folks who volunteer their time.  (See TRPA River CleanUp.)   However, for shorter travel for Houstonians, I will pick up trash bags and - for those who register and get me their shirt size - T-shirts ahead of time.  As time permits, I'm willing to offer tips on kayak strokes, rolls, and other maneuvers if wanted.  If COVID allows, we can eat together at one of Luling's best eateries.

Note: Leslie Taylor invites others to camp at San Marcus River Retreat.  She's reserved site #12 for Feb 26-27 and plans to share her camp kitchen which is well stocked with utensils and stoves and such.  On behalf of TRPA, Tom Goynes has opened his quiet campground - San Marcos River Retreat in Martindale, Texas - free of charge for river cleanup participants.  Due to COVID-19 vaccine concerns, the barbeque and meeting activities have been scaled back this year.


San Marcos river from Hwy 90 to Luling, Tx - a photo on Flickriver

Directions - Print out Texas Parks & Wildlife PDF or detailed directions immediately below.

We will meet at 9:30am at the put-in to get ready and organize the < 3 mile shuttle (N95 equivalent masks w/ hopefully vaccinated drivers).

Put-in at Luling Alt 90 Bridge

From Luling, drive 2.6 miles on Highway 90 to City of Luling park/picnic area.  Turn on Luling side of Highway 90 bridge over San Marcos well before the bridge.  Vehicles bigger than 9.5 feet use unmarked gravel road on right.  Most vehicles use marked City of Luling park paved road on left where you go under bridge then go under bridge again to the launching are next to river.

Alt90 Put-In

 

Take out across from Zedler Mill in Luling

From Alt 90 put-in, go back to Highway 90.  Turn right and travel 2.6 miles before turning right on Highway 80.  Zedler Mill is on the right (Laurel Street) but best take-out is the boat ramp before the dam in the park area across the river (river right) from Zedler Mill.

San Marcos Luling Zedler take-out


Hazards -- Generally a quiet and beautiful paddle.  May be some moving water and downed trees to navigate.  Bring gloves and other protection to help pick up trash which may include sharp cans.  Avoid slipping on banks.  Watch for the somewhat rare possibility of critters in trees.

 

Trip Leader  Lynne C Andrus
 Trip Assistants TBD
 Trip Rating* 1-2
 Ready to Launch at  9:00 AM
 Duration (hours 4 to 5 hours
 Paddling Miles 6
 Emergency Initiator  Lynne Andrus cell (512) 917-0939
 Emergency Phone #s 911, City of Luling Police (830) 875-5407 
 Latest Expected Return 4 PM
 Auto Description/Lic #  
 Distance from Houston 120 miles 

 

* 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.

  • Add Smartwaiver with email address “noreply@smartwaiver.com” 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 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.