LOVE TO KAYAK?? Come To Cuero Texas And Check Out The New 'Guadalupe Valley Paddling Trail'.
The article below is from The Cuero Record newspaper.
Paddling trail on Guadalupe near completion
by COY SLAVIK, Record Managing Editor
(Posted 8/18/2010 01:00 am)
Texas Park and Wildlife Department's Ron Smith, Cuero Development Corporation executive director Randall Malik, river expert Michael Vandeveer and Cuero Chamber of Commerce executive director Kay Lappook a test run last week of the Guadalupe Valley Paddling Trail. A river runs through it. Soon, you may also be able to paddle through it with a little more ease.
City, county and state groups are utilizing one of the area’s greatest natural resources, the Guadalupe River, to create recreational opportunities and also bring in some tourism dollars.
The Cuero Development Corporation, Cuero Chamber of Commerce, DeWitt County Commissioners Court, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Department of Transportation have coordinated their efforts to create the Guadalupe Valley Paddling Trail.
Last week, Chamber of Commerce executive director Kay Lapp and CDC executive director Randall Malik paddled the trail with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Ron Smith and local river expert Michael Vandeveer to determine GPS points for the informational kiosks to be provided for paddlers at the three “put in” and “take out” points.
There will be two “put in” spots located at the Hell’s Gate Bridge on FM 766 and the bridge on U.S. Hwy. 72. Paddlers can also “take out” their kayaks or canoes at Hwy. 72 and the bridge on Hwy. 236. The Texas Department of Transportation owns the property under the bridges.
“We’ll also have an emergency ‘take out’ on Highway 183 if someone is having trouble,” Lapp said.
According to Lapp, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will designate the 15-mile trail an official inland paddling trail and include a map of the trail on its Web site.
“Now all Ron has to do is take the information he received, make a report, get the map on the kiosks and we’ll have a launch,” Lapp said. “The kiosks will let people know how long the trail is, what to expect along the way.”
Lapp said the trail should be ready by next month. She said there are already races scheduled for the trail in October.
“We’re shooting for the second week of September,” Lapp said. “We already have an official race and float planned on Turkeyfest weekend. It will be called ‘Ruby’s Great Guadalupe River Race.’ ”
Lapp said there will be a sanctioned race from Hwy. 766 to Hwy. 236 and a recreational float from Hwy. 72 to Hwy. 236.
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