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Sheldon Reservoir

When:
Friday, June 11, 2021, 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM
Where:
Sheldon Lake North Parking Lot
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/sheldon-lake
13571 Garrett Rd
Houston, TX  

281-456-2800
Additional Info:
Contact(s):
Carl Kuhnen
713-444-3315 (cell) (p)
Category:
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required before Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00 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 life jackets (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.
Capacity:
7
Available Slots:
1
No Fee

Non-ACA participants may need to pay a fee.  See below for details


 

Let's meet at 9:00 a.m. and put in at 9:30 a.m. to finish up around 1:00 or earlier. This will be an easy (Level 1) short paddle to see the young nesting birds and their parents on Sheldon Reservoir in northeast Houston. The put-in is 17 miles from downtown Houston. The trip is suitable for beginners and for most any type of kayak, canoe, galvanized washtub, or plastic bottle raft. Every spring there are birds nesting in the trees in the lake, including egrets, herons, ibis, spoonbills, and many others. I believe they will be there for our visit but we may be late so no guarantees. Our paddling will be a leisurely 4 - 5 miles. Bring your camera and binoculars.


 

Driving directions to our put-in, the boat ramp at the intersection of Pineland Road and Garrett Road at the northwest corner of the lake: 

 

Heading northbound on Beltway 8 from I-10 East, proceed under the overpass of U.S. 90 (Crosby Freeway) for 0.25 miles and take the US 90 (Business) exit. Turn right on Business 90 (Beaumont Highway) and head east for 0.75 miles to Pineland Road. Turn left and proceed 2.7 miles to Garrett Road. Turn right the boat ramp on the right. and find the gravel parking lot for the put-in 1/4 mile on the right.

Heading southbound on Beltway 8 from US 59N, Exit for Garrett Road, turn left and head east on Garrett Rd. for 0.7 miles to the gravel parking lot for the put-in.

 

You can almost get to this put-in on public transportation but not quite (5 miles). Alas, Metro so far refuses to install kayak racks on their buses.

 

The boat ramp is located at:
Latitude
  N:  29 deg 52.922'

Longitude W:  95 deg  11.155'

 

 

Hazards: Busy parking lot, mucky put-in, beau coup alligators, bird droppings, fishhooks, fire ants, mosquitos, snakes

 

There are no facilities at the boat ramp. The Environmental Learning Center on US 90 Business is open until 7 p.m. and has facilities as well as lots of educational stuff. You might even want to go there later in the day and look around after our paddle.

 

Sheldon North

 

Here's the link to the park website. Note that the park is a few miles from the boat ramp. Directions to the park HQ are on the website.

 

 

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/sheldon-lake/map/


  

 

Trip Leader  Carl Kuhnen 
 Trip Assistants  
 Trip Rating*  1
 Ready to Launch at  9:30 p.m.
 Duration (hours)  3
 Paddling Miles 5
 Emergency Initiator  
 Emergency Phone #s  911
 Latest Expected Return  2:00 p.m.
 Auto Description/Lic #  FWC 6215
 Distance from Houston  17

 


 

 

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

                                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants in ACA-insured activities must wear properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets (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.


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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  • 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.