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Cancelled - Pelican Island Circumnavigation / Adverse Weather

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Texas A&M University at Galveston - Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island.
Galveston, TX  
Chris Arceneaux
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.
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Members pay for their own charges

Cancelled due to thunderstorm forecast. Spring break this week for Texas A&M

There is no way to pay for parking with cash! Payment of the parking fee at the Texas A&M campus requires the use of a mobile app ($5 parking + $0.35 fee) or a credit card-only kiosk, which is more expensive. The app should be set up ahead of time to create an account. To do this, follow the instructions at the following link:    We should find a Parkmobile sign at the parking area with the zone number to enter into our phones and pay there. 

If you don't want to fool with that, there should be a kiosk where you can pay with a credit card. We don't know the credit card rate but Carl been told it's more expensive than the Parkmobile app.



Trip Description: 

Level 3 circumnavigation of Pelican Island. Conditions for our date look favorable but this trip can be choppy and challenging, so consider your abilities and appetiteWe will circle Pelican Island counterclockwise which will include passing through the ship channel between Pelican and Galveston Islands.  Sights we will see along the way include the Elissa Tall Ship, possibly a cruise ship, Sea Wolf Park and the partially sunk concrete ship in the bay.  The remainder (most) of the trip will be along natural shoreline. 

Pack a lunch or snacks.

We often see dolphins on this trip along with a variety of birds.  This a 10-12 mile level 3 kayak trip
 Please arrive by 8:30 AM so we can 
launch at 9:00 AM.   

Directions to the Put-in:  From Houston take 45 South to Galveston. Turn left on 51st Street.  Continue across the bridge and at the first opportunity turn right into the campus. Turn right at the next intersection and head down toward the beach.  The beach is just to the east of the channel bridge you just crossed over. 

Texas A&M Mitchell Campus

Although conditions are looking good for our date, this can be a choppy and challenging trip with current and boat traffic, so consider your abilities and appetite.

Pelican Island Circumnavigation

  CHOP, March brings winds. Trip Leaders will assess the forecast. Paddler's must be confident in 2' chop, reflective waves and 3' swells. Dehydration. This is 12-mile trip. Bring 2-3 liters of water. Have good sun protection - wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, skin covering. There will be small and large boat traffic in the channel between Pelican Island and Galveston.  We will be crossing this channel to visit the Elissa Tall Ship. Watch out for ships that are docking or leaving port.  Homeland Security requires that we stay at least 100 yards away from military and cruise line vessels.  We may encounter 1-3 foot waves from ships on the east side of the island. Bay conditions may be choppy depending on wind.  Do theTexas shuffle when landing on beaches to avoid stingrays.  There are snakes on the undeveloped part of the island.  We hope to encounter wild dolphins.   


Trip Leader
Chris Arceneaux
Assistants Pending response from trip leaders
Trip Rating* 3
Paddles Wet at
9:00 AM
Duration (hours) 5
Paddling Miles 10-12
Emergency Initiator Pending
Emergency Phone #s 911, Campus Police (409) 740-4545 ext 1 After Hours: (409) 771-5185
Galveston Police (409) 765-3702, Galveston County Sheriff 409-766-2300
Latest Expected Return 4:00 PM
Auto Description/Lic # Dark Blue Ford Explorer DWP 2182
Distance from Houston 55 Miles


* Trip ratings are only a guide.  Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather. 


This is an ACA sanctioned event. Every participant must wear a PFD.


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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.