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Christmas In July - Mud Island Circumnavigation

Saturday, July 06, 2024, 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM
Boat ramp at San Luis County Park on the west side of the bridge

Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Carl Kuhnen
713-444-3315 (cell) (p)
HASK Paddle Trip
Registration is required before Friday, July 05, 2024 at 8:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Available Slots:
No Fee
Trip Description: Let's paddle Christmas Bay around Mud Island for Bill Ohsie's birthday. This ~9 mile Level 2 paddle is a pretty trip with lots of birds, oysters, and some shallow water. If there is not enough water to get around the north end of Mud Island, we will either paddle eastward past Bird Island to a beach on the bay side of west Galveston Island or backtrack through Titlum Tatlum Bayou for a lunch stop. 

Let's meet at the boat ramp in San Luis County Park at 9:30 am to launch at 10:00 am.

Directions to the Put-in: From Houston take I-45 south to Galveston, exit at 61st street and take a right onto 61st , drive to Seawall Blvd and take a right. Drive to the southwest end of Galveston Island, about 25+ miles.  Cross the bridge at San Luis Pass. There is a $2 toll.  Immediately after crossing the bridge, take the first right (Access road 7) and an immediate right heading back on the feeder toward the pass. There will be a sign for the San Luis Pass County Park public boat ramp. Turn left towards the boat ramp, drop off your kayak and gear to the left of the ramp and then park. A small campground store and flush toilets are located next to the parking area.

If you're coming via Surfside, Tx, take the Blue Water Highway (CR 257) to San Luis Pass, about 13.5 miles. Do not cross the toll bridge to Galveston; the San Luis Pass Park is on the left immediately before the bridge.

Hazards: Hot weather, some boat traffic, sting rays, oyster reefs.  Slight chance of bears, rattlesnakes, and tarantulas. Be sure to bring lunch, LOTS of water, a spare set of dry clothes and good sun protection.  Water temperatures are warm. We'll stop for lunch on a shell beach or island. It's helpful to get a lay of the land on Google Earth ahead of time.

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


Lat - lon of the put-in is   29° 4.807'N,  95° 7.566'W

This is our aspirational paddling route, probably counterclockwise. Tide is at a good level for the start of our trip but it falls all day.

I can't figure out how to post a link here to my gpx file for this route. If you want that to load into your gps device, email me and I will send it to you.    

Note that the red dot below will not be visible on the ground. It is made of a special material that can only be seen from space.
San Luis County Park

Trip Leader Carl Kuhnen
Assistants Chris Arceneaux   
Trip Rating* 2
Paddles Wet at
10:00 AM
Duration (hours) 5
Paddling Miles  9
Emergency Initiator Paul Penning   713-703-7004
Emergency Phone #s 911 and 979-849-5711 Brazoria County Sheriff or 979-233-6026 San Luis Pass County Park
Latest Expected Return 5:00 PM
Auto Description/Lic # Red Subaru Outback TSR 7650
Distance from Houston 75 Miles


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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Guests – You are welcome to join us as a non-member. If you are not an ACA member, we will ask you to cover the $10 non-member insurance fee that ACA charges us. We hope you'll enjoy the trip and decide to join the club and continue paddling with us. Club members do not pay any trip fees.