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P.O. Box 925516
Houston, Texas
77292-5516



The Houston Canoe Club is a Paddle America Club


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Welcome to the Houston Canoe Club (HCC).  We are a group of multi-faceted canoers and kayakers who have a shared interest in all types of paddle sports that include, but are not limited to; whitewater, flat water, touring, racing and stand up paddling.  We paddle the bayous, lakes, rivers, streams and Gulf shores of Texas and the United States.  We offer a variety of trips including day trips, weekend trips, overnight camping trips and expedition trips.

The HCC was established in 1964 when a group of interested canoeists got together and talked of organizing a canoe club. The rest is history.

The club is run by volunteer members.  Our member base consists of people of all ages and includes singles, couples and families.  We currently have about 150 members in the Houston/Galveston area and beyond.

Our trips and skill levels range from beginner to experienced.

Club meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Bayland Community Center at 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, and are open to the public.  At the meeting we socialize, discuss where we've paddled, review upcoming trips and have guest speakers present topics of interest to the club.
Prior to the meeting, we meet for dinner at a nearby restaurant where we visit and get to know new attendees.  All guests are welcome to attend both the dinner and meeting.

Our speaker this month is Dr. Margaret Shelton. Margaret and her partner came in 5th overall in the 1982 TX Water Safari: 260 miles of grueling paddling also known as "The World's Toughest Boat Race". Margaret will tell us about all aspects of the Safari such as training, rules, obstacles, sleep deprivation, equipment, and much more. A short video will accompany her talk.

Prior to our meeting, Dave Portz is hosting dinner at Thai Cottage - Bellaire, located at 5124 Cedar St, Bellaire TX 77401, www.thai-cottage.com. Pre-meeting dinners are a great way to meet and enjoy other HCC members. No reservations are necessary, just show up at Thai Cottage at 5:30 PM. Call Dave Portz at 713-417-9116 with any questions



"There is nothing - absolutely nothing -
half so much worth doing as
simply messing about in boats
."

- "Wind in the Willows"
by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932)