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TPWD News Release — Jan. 14, 2008

Victoria-Riverside Park Paddling Trail Dedication Set for Wed., Jan. 23

VICTORIA, Texas — Construction of the Victoria-Riverside Park Paddling Trail on the Guadalupe River is complete and the new trail access ramp will be dedicated on Wed., Jan. 23 at 10 a.m.

The new ramp — and the site of the Jan. 23 dedication ceremony — is located next to the old water plant near the Stayton Street entrance to Riverside Park. The new ramp provides kayakers and canoeists both an entry ramp and a take-out ramp within the boundary of Riverside Park. Paddlers entering the Guadalupe River at the boat ramp near the Rose Garden can take out at the new ramp near the old water plant after a 4.25 mile paddle on the river.

The trail will be designated as an official "Texas Paddling Trail" — the fifth inland paddling trail and 12th trail overall — recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The new ramp was constructed in a partnership among TPWD, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the City of Victoria.

"The Victoria-Riverside Park Paddling Trail is the second project we’ve undertaken with the GBRA, and because of the great support from the city and people of Victoria, it will become a great tourism attraction for the area," said TPWD Nature Tourism Coordinator Shelly Plante. "This is a wonderful stretch of water, and a great link between the paddling trails farther inland and coastal trails like the ones at Port O’Conner and Aransas Pass."

The Victoria City Council, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Coastal Bend Paddlers Club, TPWD, GBRA officials and other dignitaries have been invited to the dedication ceremony.

Texas Paddling Trails is a program to develop public inland and coastal paddling trails throughout the state and support these trails with maps, signage and other information. These trails provide well-mapped accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience. There are currently seven coastal paddling trails and five inland paddling trails, with several communities in the process of applying for participation in this program.

For more information about the Victoria-Riverside Park Paddling Trail or the dedication ceremony, contact the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Department at (361) 485-3200.

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