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  The Houston Canoe Club
Share our Joy of Paddling!

P.O. Box 925516
Houston, Texas

The Houston Canoe Club 

is a Paddle America Club

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Upcoming River Trips

HCC Trips:
Friday, July 30, 2010
South Llano River
Inclusive Dates:
I am planning to paddle (and maybe fish) the South Llano River out of Junction, TX on Saturday, July 31st. If interested in joining me, please make your own accommodations in the Junction, TX, area for this weekend. You might try Morgan Shady Park or the South Llano River State Park, the KOA, or any of the motels in the area.

This trip is NOT geared toward newbies! You MUST be able to maneuver your boat well, and have experience avoiding strainers and going through small rapids.

You will need to have some rope attached to one end of your boat, carry an extra paddle in the boat with you, have a PFD and whistle, and pack a lunch and plenty of water/drinks. Some sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat will also be a good choice.

I will send more info to those who respond as interested.
Skill Level:
Intermediate: Knowledge of basic whitewater safety, self-rescue and rescue such as retrieving a pinned boat. Able to capture small eddies, run Class 2 rapids confidently, but challenged by Class 3 rapids such as Cottonseed on the San Marcos at say 300-400 cfs.
Sophie Lopez

August 14, 2010
Upstream on the Lower Pecos River
Inclusive Dates:
August 14-18, 2010
The main reason for going upstream is time requirements.  This will be a 5 day trip, Sat. Aug 14 to Wed. Aug 18.  
This will be a moderately difficult trip with walking the canoes/kayaks upstream being the most difficult.  Expect class I and II rapids in this section of the Pecos.  We will paddle upstream to Painted Canyon and attempt to paddle as far as Lewis Canyon.
Skill Level:
Novice: Confidently execute basic strokes plus ability to manage high wind and high waves typically experienced on Lake Charlotte or Sheldon reservoir, can maneuver the boat on moving water plus familiarity with eddy turns, ferrying and surfing in Class 2 rapids typically found on the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers. Able to read the river and identify the eddy line.
Charles Zipprian

August 29, 2010

Buffalo Bayou with the Sierra Club

August 29, 2010

Join us as we explore a part of the bayou that you don’t normally hear about- downstream of Allens Landing. We will explore Japhets Creek, Hidalgo Park and go as far downstream as Homeland Security will let us.

(Spearheaded by the Japhet Creek Community Association, Japhet Creek has undergone tremendous changes in the last few years. Japhet Creek has once again become the pristine, native environment home to migrating songbirds, aquatic turtles, swamp rabbits and a pair of red-tailed hawks that nest nearby! This write-up was from the website).

Beginner: Familiarity with basic strokes and can make the boat go straight on flat water typically experienced on Armand Bayou, can maneuver the boat on slowly moving water, is aware of basic river safety and can confidently avoid hazards and strainers frequently experienced on Texas' Colorado River or the Buffalo Bayou at a modest flow rate.

John Berlinghoff

Other Club Trips:

None at this time.

Pool Sessions:

Come and practice kayak and canoe rolls, braces, and wet exits in a pool. Pool sessions are held at 7:00p.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Dads Club pool in Houston located on the Katy Freeway (I-10) at 1006 Voss Road. Spotters are sometimes designated for helping perfect the kayak roll. For insurance purposes, all participants must wear a helmet, and a personal flotation device (PFD). Pool Fees are $6 for ACA members and $11 for non-members.

For more information, please contact Christy Long by phone at 281-415-8087 or by email at