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Pelican Island Circumnavigation

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
Texas A&M University at Galveston - Mitchell Campus on Pelican Island.
Galveston, TX  
Carl Kuhnen
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required by June 8, 2018
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.
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Members pay for their own charges


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:

I did the download and created an account and it was pretty slick. 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. I don't know the credit card rate but I've 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.  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

Hazards:  DEHYDRATION! BRING MORE WATER THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED, 3 - 4 quarts. 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
Carl Kuhnen
Assistants Bob Scaldino, Karen Newcomb
Trip Rating* 3
Paddles Wet at
9:00 AM
Duration (hours) 5
Paddling Miles 10-12
Emergency Initiator Linda Kuhnen  713-444-6727
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 # Teal Honda CRV   FWC 6215
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.


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.