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Mussel sampling and identification training with USFWS in a diverse stretch of the lower Brazos. Perhaps as little as 4 miles paddling.
Full description: Charrish Stevens of USFWS will be doing a mussel sampling and identification training for Lower Brazos Riverwatch starting at the 1458 bridge on the Brazos. This is at San Felipe. Bring light weight, rubber-fingered garden gloves, if available. Also snorkeling gear may be useful. There is a limit of ten for this, since there will also be a couple of my graduate students and some other environmental folks. If people are so inclined, we can wrap this up by running through the small rapids and taking out at I-10. LBRW will provide lunch for participants. This is an attempt to finally do what was originally listed as M&M 9. Note that we are going to try and hold firm on the date, so may change the location if the Brazos gets ugly on us.
Skill Level: Novice. Generally flat water, and not overly long. Could be some more interesting things exposed at really low flows though.
Meet on the west side of the FM 1458 bridge on the Brazos
Phone contact for Bruce: 832-882-1657/281-438-7398
A DETAILED TRIP INFORMATION SHEET WILL BE SENT BY EMAIL TO REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS. Experience the maze of lakes and shaded, winding bayous deep within the heart of the largest cypress forest on the Texas coast. One of the most scenic paddling destinations in this part of our state, this site is located near Interstate 10, less than 50 miles east of downtown Houston. Depending on the water and weather conditions, we will focus on one or more of the area’s many features: wildlife, river processes, Texas history, and the impact of human interventions. Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak, life jackets (required to be worn), and paddles. The trip leader can help you with advice regarding gear rentals from Houston area outfitters, if needed. Paddling time: 4-5 hours, plus breaks for sightseeing and lunch. Difficulty: moderate to strenuous. Recommended donation to the Houston Sierra Club: $10. Trip size is limited. To register, contact Tom Douglas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 869-6026. A detailed trip information sheet will be sent by email to registered participants.
DUE TO THE FORECAST BAD WEATHER, THE HCC MEETING ON 5-8-2019 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
Speaker: Dan Oko, journalist, writer, outdoorsman
Champion Lake Public Use Area
Paddling time: 3-4 hours, plus breaks for sightseeing and lunch. Difficulty: moderate. Recommended donation to the Houston Sierra Club: $10. Trip size is limited. To register, contact Tom Douglas at email@example.com
Date and Time: May 25, 2019
Run Shuttle at 9:30 am.
Done approximately 5:00 pm.
Put in: Howell Canoe Livery
908 Robson St
Columbus, TX 78934
Take out: 1200 Front Street
Columbus, TX 78934
Registration: Registration is required. Please register by noon on May 23rd, 2019
Howell Canoe Livery charges $5.00 / boat to launch. Everyone should be prepared to pay Howell directly.
Trip participants who are not current ACA members must pay $ 5.00 for ACA event insurance. Be prepared with cash to pay the trip coordinator.
There is no limit on the number of participants for the event.
Registrant Type: Everyone is welcome but please register ahead of time.
Brief (one sentence) description: Columbus Loop Memorial Day Weekend Paddle
Full description: This paddle will be on the 6 mile Columbus Loop on the Colorado River. At normal flows, this trip is suitable for paddlers of all ability levels. The put-in and take-out are relatively easy. This is an excellent trip to introduce non-paddling adults or children to paddling. The Club will provide a cake and watermelon for everyone on the trip. Since this is intended to be a beginner friendly event it will be canceled in the event of a high river flow rate or a severe weather forecast.
The shuttle plan will be finalized once we know how many people are participating. Please note that if you have not paddled the Columbus loop since Harvey we are using a different put-in and take out than in the past. Organize your own arrival time so you and your vehicle are ready to shuttle at 9:30 am.
Howell Canoe Livery will require everyone using their launch to sign their waiver. Save yourself time by printing it out and filling it in ahead of time. Howell Waiver
Skill Level: Beginner based on the HCC definitions