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Luce Bayou

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM
Ponderosa Marina at Luce Bayou
27400 Huffman Cleveland Rd
Huffman, TX  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
William Ohsie
281-513-2398 (p)
281-513-2398 (c)
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required
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.
Available Slots:
Attendees pay for their own charges


Trip Description:  This peaceful natural paddle is surprisingly close to the hustle and bustle of FM1960.  Usually a variety of birds can be seen.  We will put in at the Ponderosa Marina on Huffman Cleveland Rd. just west of FM2100 (aka Crosby Huffman Rd).  The marina asks for a nominal parking fee, $7, and the cars should be safe.  We will paddle upstream several miles and turn around when we've seen enough or can't go any further upstream.  Boat traffic is minimal and virtually non-existent after a mile of paddling.  We can find a takeout on the bayou to eat lunch.  The trip is suitable for any kayak or even open boats such as canoes, dories, dugouts, faerings, punts, plastic bottle rafts, pirogues, stand-up paddleboards, or chalupas. This is a good trip for beginners, short and sheltered from wind and waves.


Directions to the Put-in:  Depending on route, the put-in is 30-35 miles from downtown Houston.  From the intersection of FM1960 and FM2100 (Crosby Huffman Rd), head north on 2100 approximately 2 miles and turn left on Huffman Cleveland Rd.  Drive approximately 1 mile to the Ponderosa Marina which is located on the right hand side just before the bridge over the bayou.


Hazards: Parking is good and the cars should be safe. There is a concrete boat ramp to launch from.  The ramp may be slick.  Light boat traffic for the first mile or two.  There will be submerged logs and some low hanging branches along the banks.  The water is cold (50-60) so a set of dry clothes should be carried in case of emergency. Remember to dress in synthetic layers for possible immersion. WEAR NO COTTON!


Trip Leader             

Bill Ohsie
Trip Assistants 

Carl Kuhnen
 HASK Trip Ratings* Level 1-2 (Level 2 only because of potential distance) 

Ready to Launch at     

Meet at 9:30 to launch at 10:00 a. m.

Duration (hours         

3-4 hours (depending on lunch)

Paddling Miles

6 - 8

Emergency Initiator

Jackie Clift

Emergency Phone Numbers

Latest Expected Return Date/Time

911 for Harris County Sheriff
4:00 p.m. Saturday Jan22, 2023

Auto Description/License#

Contact at Launch Site (opt)                  

Distance from Downtown Houston        

Red Subaru Outback - BCX5482

3rd Party fees (camping, etc.)

 Parking ($7)


Trip ratings are only a guide.  Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather; could become level 2.


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.


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.

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 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.

  • Add Smartwaiver with email address “” 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.