TPWD News Release — Nov. 30, 2011
SEGUIN – The 34th Texas Paddling Trail and second in Seguin will open on Wednesday, Dec. 7, along a scenic stretch of the Guadalupe River. City officials and representatives of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will gather at the River Shade RV Park for a 4:30 p.m. dedication of the Seguin Paddling Trail (Lake Nolte/Meadow Lake).
The River Shade RV Park and Max Starcke Park on Lake Nolte (also known locally as Meadow Lake) have been designated the put-in and take-out spots for Seguin’s newest paddling trail that ranges in length from 2.6 miles to 8.4 miles, depending on the route taken. Due to the river’s being dammed at Starcke Park and Nolte Dam, the slow current allows for kayakers and canoeists to vary their time on the water – from one to six hours — by paddling the river in either direction and accessing the river from either site.
The shortest trip covers 2.6 miles one way from Max Starcke Park East, a popular fishing area, to River Shade RV Park. The longest paddle would cover 8.4 miles round trip from Starcke to Nolte Dam and back. The new paddling trail also allows for 3.2-mile and 5.8-mile treks.
The Guadalupe River along this trail features slow-moving waters lined by large pecan, green ash, sycamore and majestic bald cypress trees. Paddlers on this segment of the river enjoy excellent birding and fishing opportunities. More information about the paddling trail can be found on informational kiosks located at each river access site.
TPWD partnered with the City of Seguin’s Parks and Recreation Department and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority to develop the paddling trail. Canoe and kayak rentals are available through outfitters in nearby San Marcos.
The Texas Paddling Trails program, which began in 1998, helps promote habitat conservation through sustainable economic development, while providing additional recreational opportunities to the public. More Americans paddle (canoe, kayak or raft) than play soccer, making it one of the fastest-growing nature tourism experiences.
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