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Tabbs Bay-Hog Island

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Bayland Park
3400 Texas 146 Business
Baytown, TX  
Carl Kuhnen
713-444-3315 (cell) (p)
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required
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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Don Friedly planned this trip in 2014 but had to cancel it. Thanks to Don. We ran it once in 2015.


Trip Description:  We will meet at Bayland Park, just over the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, at 9:30 AM.  We will launch at 10:00 AM.  This is a short 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, site of Texas's first off shore 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. Once across the Goose Creek field, we encounter the ruins of the Bay Town-La Porte Causeway, once the only way across this part of the Bay.  Hurricane Carla destroyed the Causeway and Ferry landing in 1961.  We will follow the Causeway ruins to Hog Island, where we can land and walk along the old road to the (now defunct) ferry terminal.  Kind of post-apocalyptic!




We will then paddle along Hog Island, stopping for lunch on the tip of Atkinson Island.  This will give us a front row seat to busy port operations at Morgan's Point, and the opportunity for some beach combing.  

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 8 mile Level 2 trip.  Remember to dress for immersion.  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.  The ramp is near some shabby looking apartments; be aware and don't leave valuables in your vehicle. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, insect repellent. Wear good footwear. It's looking like a very nice day to paddle but air will be in the lower 60s and water in the upper 50s. Wear layers of synthetic clothing or wetsuit or dry suit for possible immersion.    NO COTTON!   Have a dry bag of spare warm clothing in your hatch.


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

Ready to Launch at


10:00 a. m.

Duration (hours


5 hours

Paddling Miles


Emergency Initiator


Emergency Phone Numbers

Latest Expected Return Date/Time


4:00 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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  • 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.  HASK will cover the $5 ACA event membership for non-ACA members. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.