Trip Description: Make a leisurely paddle from Charlie's Bait Camp, to a facility-free island in Shoalwater Bay. Glorious sunsets and equally pleasing sunrises. WE WILL HAVE A TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE ON SUNDAY EVENING!
Sunday's paddle to the inland lakes on Matagorda Island may be a long one pushing as much as 12 - 16 miles, depending on conditions and group interest. Pack a lunch and we'll enjoy what the area has to offer
Check Google Earth for areas to explore. Insect repellent may be necessary.
I can expand this trip beyond 7 if I get another Level 2 Trip Leader.
Here is our route to the campsite: Shoalwater Bay is shallow and protected from the main bay.
Our Sunday paddle may look something like this if it is not too windy
Directions to the Put-in: +/- 150 miles From Houston: Drive 90 miles SW to Ganado on US-59 (SW Freeway). Turn South on 3rd St. - Hwy 172 to Port LaVaca. 14 miles to LaWard, another 8.3 miles to Hwy 35.
Turn right (West) for 11.2 miles to Port LaVaca. Stay on Hwy 35 for another 5.2 miles, turning left (South) on FM 2433. Drive 1.5 miles to Hwy 238, turn right. Stay on 238, the road will veer to the right at 1.6 miles near Tanner Airfield. Continue another 3.2 miles to FM 1289. Take Left.
Drive 11.2 miles to Hwy 185. Take right (West). Drive 4.8 miles, take a left on Lane Road. Drive the last 4 miles to "Charlies Bait Camp" http://www.mapquest.com/mq/7-eju3w7q7 / http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Ganado,+TX&daddr=Farm+to+Market+Rd+1289+to:28.365574,-96.579094&hl=en&geocode=FZgfuwEd0VE_-inNPHhjtSVChjHiHZbcR4_xcg%3BFQR6sgEdxqs--g%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=13&via=1&sll=28.399404,-96.572742&sspn=0.105702,0.15398&ie=UTF8&ll=28.406199,-96.567078&spn=0.105695,0.15398&z=13
$8 per kayak launch fee at Charlie's, which includes parking for the duration of the trip.
Hazards: We will paddle a few minutes in the ICW, so there could be barge traffic to negotiate. Mosquitoes and dehydration are the major concerns but there is also a slight chance of bears, tarantulas, and rattlesnakes. We will watch the wind forecast closely before committing to the trip.
Bring food for meals and ample water for 2+ days, recommended 1 gallon per day per person. Closed toe shoes for wading, good rain gear, sun protection and a hat. Always have a spare set of dry clothing in your boat. Camping area is sand, so bring sand stakes for your tent or plastic bags to fill with sand and bury. Some firewood if you have room.
|| Pat Cox 713-206-9632
| Trip Rating*
| Arrival Time
| 10:00 AM
11:00 - 11:30 AM
| Duration (Days)
| Paddling Miles
|| 5.5 miles each way + Sunday day paddle
| Emergency Initiator
| Emergency Phone #s
||Calhoun County Sheriff 361-553-4646
Emerg Med. 361-552-1140
Charlie's Bait Camp 361-785-3023
| Latest Expected Return
|| 5 pm Monday May 16
| Auto Description/Lic #
|| Blue (Teal) Honda CRV FWC 6215
| Distance from Houston
|| 150 miles