Max Starke Park and the Sequin paddle trail could be the best place to paddle between San Antonio and Houston.
Special thanks to local SUP hero, long board legend, and guest writer Rusty.
NOTE: These pictures were taken on New Years Day! Imagine how nice this place is in the summer =)
The quality of the water: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The entry point is approximately 30 yards prior to a small dam that diverted water to the old Seguin power plant – now its a restaurant. This keeps the water nice and calm for a gentle entry. The paddle distance is approximately 4-5 miles up river where Hwy 46 crosses the river. The view along the river consists of much of Starkey Park, to include the golf course. Otherwise, private homes line the river. Keep an eye out for the boat wrapped around the tree from a prior flood. There is one bend in the river where the water often collects a layer of slime but it is very small compared to the overall length of the paddle.
The surrounding waterfront: 5 out of 5 stars.
The entry point into the river includes a concrete wall with gentle stairs to descend from the parking lot. The concrete wall also has ladders to provide for easy exit. On any given weekend you will find families swimming in this spot which can produce a bit of a crowd. If you go early it’s a ghost-town.
The parking & accessibility to the waterfront: 5 out of 5 stars.
As Starkey Park includes a golf course, the parking lot is directly adjacent to the river. There’s also parking along the road that follows the river. No parking restrictions are applied to park visitors.
Unlike Fiesta Texas, parking here is close, plentiful, spacious and free year-round.
The picnic & day use area: 5 out of 5 stars.
Along the river from the entry point and adjacent to the parking areas are a large number of picnic tables. Many locals come down to the park just to hang out or have a picnic and are generally friendly and curious about paddle boarding. Again, if you get there early you will not only have the river to yourself but also the ability to grab the picnic tables closest to the river entry point.