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Tabbs Bay - Baytown to Atkinson Island

Saturday, May 27, 2023, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Bayland Park
3400 Texas 146 Business
Baytown, TX  
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Carl Kuhnen
713-444-3315 (cell) (p)
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 life jackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs) at all times during on-water activities. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver.
Cancellation Policy:
Notify the Event Contact to cancel your registration.
Available Slots:
No Fee

We have done this basic trip several times but it has been four years.

Trip Description:  We will meet at Bayland Park, just over the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, at 9:00 AM.  We will launch at 9:30 AM.  This is a medium length (9 -10 miles) bay paddle rich in history.  We will launch near the site of the Goose Creek shipyard, which built blockade runners during the Civil War.  We will paddle out into the historic Goose Creek Oil Field (discovered 1903), site of Texas's first offshore rigs and one of the birthplaces of the Petroleum Age.  This small field has produced to date over 150,000,000 barrels of oil, and is still producing, as we will see. Discovery of this field led to the construction of Humble Oil's (now Exxon) Baytown Refinery, which is now the second largest in the US, and the development of Baytown. Once across the Goose Creek field, we will continue down the bay to a spoil cell in the middle of Galveston Bay where one of the very few southeast Texas tideraces may be running for us to play in. Lunch will be on a shell beach in a cut through Atkinson Island where we can watch the BIG BOATS traversing the Houston Ship Channel. We will NOT get out into the channel. On the way back, we may encounter the remnants of the Baytown -LaPorte Causeway, once the only way across this part of the Bay.  Hurricane Carla destroyed the Causeway and Ferry landing in 1961.  If we can find it, we may get out on Hog Island, and walk along the old road to the (now defunct) ferry terminal.  Kind of post-apocalyptic!




For extra credit - where does the above scene come from? No, it is not an actual photo from a previous trip.

Tabbs Bay to Hog Island


Directions: From Houston, follow 225 towards La Porte, take 146 north to Baytown.  After crossing the Fred Hartman Bridge, bear right on Business 146 to take the first right after the bridge into Bayland Park. Or, if approaching on I-10 from the west, take Exit 788 onto Decker Drive/Texas Spur 330 South. Continue onto Hwy 146 South, then exit for Robert Lanier Drive/Missouri Street. Continue on Robert Lanier Drive to TX Hwy 146 Business North. Turn right into Bayland Park.

Lat-lon of the put-in is:   29.71293N,   94.99406W

Hazards:  This is an 9 - 10 mile Level 2 trip. Tabbs Bay has very little boat trraffic. Oil wells, power poles, and debris keep powerboat traffic under control.  There are submerged pilings and debris around the Causeway and in the Bay.  I have never hit anything here, but be wary if you have new gelcoat. There could be mosquitoes on the islands, ship wakes are minimal due to low speed and the proximity of the port.  There is a slight possibility of bears, rattlesnakes, and tarantulas. Don't leave valuables in your vehicle. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent. Wear good footwear. 


Trip Leader Carl Kuhnen
Assistant Trip Leader
HASK Trip Ratings* 2

Ready to Launch at


9:30 a. m.

Duration (hours


5 1.2 hours

Paddling Miles

9 - 10

Emergency Initiator

Paul Penning


Emergency Phone Numbers

Latest Expected Return Date/Time


Harris Co Sheriff 713-221-6000
5:00 p.m.

Auto Description/License#

Contact at Launch Site (opt)

Distance from Downtown Houston

Teal Honda CRV    FWC 6215


3rdParty fees (camping, etc.)


* 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.

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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  • 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.  If you are not an ACA member, ACA charges us a $10 single event fee for insurance. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.