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Plan B - Old River Upstream

Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:30 AM until 2:00 PM
FM 1409 Bridge in Old River-Winfree
Old River-Winfree, TX  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Carl Kuhnen
713-444-3315 (cell) (p)
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required
Payment In Full At Event Only
Available Slots:
No Fee
Trip Description: 
We will launch under the bridge at FM1409 in Chambers County, TX and paddle upstream for 3-4 miles, making this a Level 2 8 mile trip.  It is a quiet meandering mostly sheltered paddle with a lot of cypress trees and little development after the first half mile or so.  There are some trees/logs in the river to paddle around. We will eat lunch either on an upstream sandbar or back at the put-in, depending on time. We can add some paddling downstream of the FM 1409 put-in if the group wants more mileage.

Directions to the Put-in:  From Houston

To get to the put-in, take I-10 east from Houston and take Exit 803 (FM 565) right before the Old and Lost River Bridge. Go north on FM 565  3.5 miles to FM 1409. Turn right on FM 1409 and drive about 1/2 mile to the bridge over Old River. The put-in is on the right before you cross the river. Be careful of possible ruts and mud on the bank. Don't try to drive too far down the sloppy bank. Park where you can and we can haul the boats to the river bank.  Bank will be muddy and slippery, so be careful putting and taking out.  There are no facilities at all at the put-in but there are decent gas stations at I-10 and FM 565.

Bring lunch, plenty of water, and good sun protection.

Fire Ants, snakes, debris in the water - wear good closed-toe shoes. Slight chance of bears, rattlesnakes, and tarantulas. Have a dry bag with spare dry clothing in your boat.

The put-in is ugly, rutted, and trashy. Our parked cars will be unattended, so leave nothing visible inside. If you are concerned about the safety of your car, we can try to find a more respectable place to leave it in the little nearby town.

Here's our put-in and paddle route:


Trip Leader(s)

Emergency initiator

     Carl Kuhnen   713-444-3315
     John Grisaffi   281-714-7171        

HASK Trip Rating*


Ready to Launch at


Duration (hours)

 3-4 hours     

Paddling Miles


Emergency #s

Chambers County Sheriff 409-267-2500 non-emergency

Distance from Downtown Houston

40 miles
Trip Leader Vehicle

Teal Honda CRV  FWC 6215

* 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.


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Guests – You are welcome to join us as a non-member. If you are not an ACA member, we will ask you to cover the $10 non-member insurance fee that ACA charges us. We hope you'll enjoy the trip and decide to join the club and continue paddling with us. Club members do not pay any trip fees.