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Shoalwater Bay - Three Days / Two Nights Camping Trip

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:00 AM until Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:00 PM
Big Grass Island - Shoalwater Bay - SW of Port O'Connor 28o 14.455N / 96o 38.060 W. Allow 2-3
4199 Lane Rd
Seadrift, TX  77983

(361) 785-3023
Chris Arceneaux
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required
This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants must wear a PFD. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page. Be on time at Charlies Bait Camp (No lather than 10:30 am) or paddle as a group with member familiar with the destination if arriving at a different time. $5 parking/day at Charlies
Available Slots:
Members pay for their own charges
Trip Description:  Make a leisurely paddle from Charlie's Bait Camp, to a facility-free island in Shoalwater Bay. Glorious sunsets and equally pleasing sunrises. If your trip leader can scare up a few redfish, we'll dine on ultrafresh filets one night. Areas to explore are unlimited.


Saturday's paddle to the inland lakes on Matagorda Island will be an adventurous one pushing 16 miles. Pack a lunch and we'll enjoy what the area has the best to offer


We can break into groups and exchange stories over beverages later. Check Google Earth for areas to explore. Insect repellant may be necessary. I will bring a "privacy" tent for the "privy".



Directions to the Put-in:  +/- 150 miles From Houston: Drive 90 miles SW to Ganado on US-59 (SW Freeway). Turn South on 3rd St. - Hwy 172 to Port LaVaca. 14 miles to LaWard, another 8.3 miles to Hwy 35.

Turn right (West) for 11.2 miles to Port LaVaca. Stay on Hwy 35 for another 5.2 miles, turning left (South) on FM 2433. Drive 1.5 miles to Hwy 238, turn right. Stay on 238, the road will veer to the right at 1.6 miles near Tanner Airfield. Continue another 3.2 miles to FM 1289. Take Left.

Drive 11.2 miles to Hwy 185. Take right (West). Drive 4.8 miles, take a left on Lane Road. Drive the last 4 miles to "Charlies Bait Camp" /,+TX&daddr=Farm+to+Market+Rd+1289+to:28.365574,-96.579094&hl=en&geocode=FZgfuwEd0VE_-inNPHhjtSVChjHiHZbcR4_xcg%3BFQR6sgEdxqs--g%3B&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=13&via=1&sll=28.399404,-96.572742&sspn=0.105702,0.15398&ie=UTF8&ll=28.406199,-96.567078&spn=0.105695,0.15398&z=13

Hazards: We will paddle a few minutes in the ICY, so there could be barge traffic to negotiate. Mosquitoes and dehydration are the major concerns. With proper clothing, repellent and lots of water to share we should be just fine. We will watch the fall forecast closely before committing to the trip.


Trip Leader  Chris Arceneaux 
 Trip Assistants  TBD
 Trip Rating*  2
 Arrival Time
 Launch Time
 10:00 AM
11:00 - 11:30 AM
 Duration (Days)  2.5 or less
 Paddling Miles  5.5 miles one way
 Emergency Initiator  
 Emergency Phone #s Sheriff 361-553-4646
Emerg Med. 361-552-1140
 Latest Expected Return  3 pm Tuesday April-24
 Auto Description/Lic #  DWP-2182
 Distance from Houston  150 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.


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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  • Respond to the “Confirm your E-Signature” email from ACA / HASK to confirm your email address.  Wavier is now complete and valid.
  • 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.