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Champion Lake Road closed due to high water...Trip Cancelled

When:
Sunday, May 5, 2019, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Where:
Champion Lake
15766 Country Road 417
Dayton, TX  77535
Contact:
Robert Scaldino
Category:
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is closed - Event is full
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.
Capacity:
0
Available Slots:
Filled
No Fee

Chevron has decided that Karen's talents are needed more in California then Houston, so her last day in Houston will be May 14th. This will be her last official HASK paddle in Houston.

Driving Directions:
From downtown Houston, take I-10 east 20 miles past Beltway 8 to the Cove Exit/ FM 565. This is exit 803, immediately before the bridge across Old and Lost Rivers and the high Trinity River Bridge. Turn left on FM 565 and go north 3.3 miles to FM 1409. Turn right onto FM 1409 and go 3.3 miles to CR 417 (Parkway St.)  It's marked with a Wildlife Refuge sign. Turn right onto a small paved road which will turn into an asphalt road after about a mile, and go straight another mile from there. When you dead end into the park, there are two launch sites just a few hundred feet apart. We will launch at the one on the right of the levee as you come in that goes down the bayou south.

Lat/Long of put-in: 29.55.277 / 94.47.951
 
Refuge Website:  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/trinity_river/


Trip Details: 6 - 9 miles for both paddling areas. Trip Rating 1 but any strong north wind could make it a 2. Please allow time and arrive early enough to unload, park and launch at 9:30. There are two different adjacent areas, separated by a narrow levee too launch from. Pickett's Bayou is lined by hardwood forested wetlands, and Champion Lake is small and filled with Cypress trees. There are 6 parking spaces near the Lake and then a larger parking area up a nearby hill--we are requested to park there after unloading our boats. There is also a small fishing pier, 2 nature trails, and a single portapotty. 
 

 

Hazards: The launch areas for Pickett's Bayou and for Champion Lake are small but concrete. Besides that, it's normal SE Texas alligator habitat with wasps, alligators, snakes and bugs.

Trip Leader Bob Scaldino
Trip Assistants Karen Newcomb
Trip Rating* 1-2
Ready to Launch at 9:30 AM
Duration (hours) 4.5
Paddling Miles 6 - 9
Emergency Initiator
Emergency Phone #s
Latest Expected Return 3:00pm
Auto Description/Lic # White Toyota 4Runner
Distance from Houston 30 miles