Canoeing - June 2019

posted Apr 5, 2019, 1:53 PM by Jill Douglass   [ updated Jun 13, 2019, 8:57 AM ]


We are going with Plan B (at the bottom) because of the high flow rates Colorado River.


This is a 20 mile, 2 day, 1 night trip on the water through some beautiful limestone canyons in the Hill Country.


  • Paperwork:  Grant
  • Meal Plan:  Rana
  • Packing List:  Anna
  • Car Plan:  Andrew
  • Canoe Plan:  Andrew
  • Lifeguard:  James
  • Canoe Tender:  Sam
  • Tour Guide:  Ian
  • Astronomer:  Andrew
  • Meteorologist: Lynna
  • Medic:  Anna


  • Break Down
    • Food:  ~$20 (this is an estimate for groceries scouts will purchase themselves)
    • Celebration Lunch at Storm's:  ~$10 (highly variable, basic burger is $3)

Canoe Plan

Canoe #1: Joe/Steve

Canoe #2:  Jill/Sabrina

Canoe #3:  Anna/Mariana

Canoe #4: Ian/Sam/Grant

Canoe #5: Lynna/James

Canoe #6:  Josh/Grant

Canoe #7: Rana/Andrew


  Person    Swim Test Health Forms (A&B)
 1Sabrina Madgett
 2 Jill Douglass x x  x
 3 Steve Dzurenko x x  
 4 Grant Dzurenko x x x 
 5 Anna Dzurenko x x  x
 6 Andrew Michelson x x  x
 7 Rana Benhamou x x 
 8 Lynna Benhamou x x x 
 9 Sam Douglas x x x 
 10 James Hubby x x x 
 11 Mariana Gonclaves x x x 
 12Josh Steltzer x x x 
 13Joe O'Neil x x
 14Ian Douglass x x x 
 15Grant  x x x 

Required Safety Training

Safe Swim Defense: complete
Safety Afloat:  complete
Weather Hazards:  complete


June 8-9, 2019


  • Eat breakfast before we meet or in the car.
  • Meet at the annex at 6 am.
  • Drive to US190 and the Colorado River (31°13'6.13"N  98°33'53.25"W) (88 miles).
  • The trek will start on the west bank of the Colorado River where US 190 crosses the river.
  • On Saturday we'll canoe down the river and spend the night on an island (probably Gravel Bar #3 (see map))


  • Sunday the trek will continue down river to Sulphur Springs Camp in Bend, TX and should arrive early afternoon.  
  • We will plan to stop at Storm's in Lampasas for a cheeseburger. Individuals will need to bring about $12 for the meal. 
  • Drive back to annex.

Packing List


  • 20 liter Dry Bags (2-3)

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Waterproof bag for sleeping bag

  • Sleeping Pad

  • Trowel

Group Gear:

  • Pocket Rocket (similar backpacking cooking stove)

  • Fuel

  • Small pot

  • Tent

  • Rain fly for tent

  • Ground cover for tent

Optional Luxuries:

  • Pillow

  • Canoe Seat

  • Measuring Cups

  • Bowls/Plates/etc.


Nobody wants to Check:

  • Underwears (4ish)

  • Sports &/or Regular Bras (If needed)

Base Layers:

  • 2-3 long sleeves (quick dry or wicking)

  • Waterproof stuff sack for clothing

  • 1 pair of warm pants, sweats... (quick dry)

Actual Clothing:

  • 2-4 Short sleeve shirts (quick dry or wicking)

  • 1-3 pairs of QUICK DRY shorts/ convertible pants or another pair of pants

  • 1-2 swimsuits (1 piece for girls and swim shorts for guys)

  • Rain suit (top and bottom-- Frogg toggs)

  • Waterproof stuff sack for clothing

  • Paddling Gloves (optional)


“Civilian clothing” for ride home:

  • 1 DRY shirt

  • 1 DRY pair of pants/shorts

  • 1 pair of FRESH underwear

  • 1 bra (if applicable)


  • Water shoes/ “wet shoes” (opened toed are acceptable)

  • Tennis shoes/ “dry shoes”

  • 1-3 pairs of socks (bring as many as applicable)

  • Crocs or sandals for in camp wear (Optional)



  • Utensils (Spoons, forks, etc.)

  • Cup

  • Reflectix coozie/ winter hat to “cook” food


  • 3-7 liter capacity Water bottle or camelback water bladder


  • Pocket knife/ multi-tool

  • Sunscreen (for face AND body)

  • Insect repellant

  • Hat (Visors not recommended-- Wide-rim recommended)

  • Flashlight/Headlamp (w/ extra batteries)

  • Lighters

  • 50’ Paracord

  • 1-2 Quick Dry Towels

  • Bandana/ Small hand towel

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste

  • Sunglasses w/ lanyard

  • Map/ Compass

  • Biodegradable Soap

  • Small roll of Toilet Paper &/or pee rag

  • Personal Repair Kit (Duct tape, nylon ties, safety pins)

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Hair Brush/ Comb

  • Baby powder or Gold Bond (to cut down on chafing)

  • Carabiners for securing gear

  • Deodorant

Personal First Aid Kit:

  • Band-Aids

  • Personal Medication

  • Athletic Tape

  • Antibiotic Ointment (neosporin, etc.)

  • Ibuprofen, benadryl

  • INHALER/ EPI-PEN (if necessary)

Optional Luxuries:

  • Camera/ Watch

  • Chapstick



B: come fed
L: own food
D: own food

Sunday June 9th-
B- own food
L- Storm's (please bring money for this meal)Food:  ~$20 (this is an estimate for groceries scouts will purchase themselves)

Car Plan

To Drop Off Point

 Car #1 Car #2 Car #3 Car #4

From Take Out

 Car #1 Car #2 Car #3

Map / Float Plan

 Way Point   Distance (miles) Cumulative Distance Notes
 Put In 0 0Public access on the west side of the bridge.
 Gravel Bar #1 3.4 3.4 
 Gravel Bar #25.5 8.9 
 Gravel Bar #3 2.6 11.5Saturday night 
Emergency take-out available on private property just north of the gravel bar.  High ground with trees available.  Landing on the left-hand side of the island (facing downstream) and on the very upstream end of the island.  No landing available on right-hand side.
 Gravel Bar #4 4.4 15.9Bridge crossing at Bend, TX.   No public access, but available for emergency take out.  
 Gravel Bar #5 3.4 19.3 
Take Out 1.9 21.2Sunday Afternoon 

River Info

Here is a link for the current river flows - - find the entry for the Colorado River at Bend. 
We will not go if the predicted readings exceed 1500 cfs.

All persons going on the trip must have a current BSA Swim Test.


Canoe Rental Confirmation# 4937979

Plan B

Because the Colorado River may be moving too fast or too high for the planned trip, our plan be is to canoe to Garret Island on Lake Buchanan.

Put In:  Cedar Point Park, Lake Buchanan
Overnight:  Garret Island
Take out:  Cedar Point Park, Lake Buchanan

Cost:  $5 per person to enter the LCRA park
Canoe Route:  ~ 3 miles one way

Garret Island - Crew Canoe

The Aftermath