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Brazos Canoe Camping 4/17 – 4/18

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Date(s) - 04/17/2021 - 04/18/2021
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Brazos River


Brazos Canoe Camping

Dates: 4/17-4/18 Time: Multiday
Early Registration Deadline: 4/2 Early Bird Cost: $45
Registration Deadline:  4/14 Regular Cost: $60
Location: Brazos River

Below Possum Kingdom Lake the Brazos River remains untouched by time. It’s easy to imagine Cowboys or Native Americans watching you paddle down the river from the top of the bluffs that surround the river – it feels like a step back in time 100 years! From the put-in near Possum Kingdom dam, the Brazos River lazily makes its way over 20 miles down to our take-out. Along the way, paddlers will enjoy views of historic Texas – including longhorn cattle and (if you’re lucky) bald eagles! 

Trip Cost:

$45 with a TCU ID

Regular Registration:

$60 with a TCU ID

  • Prices reflect the TCU student/faculty rate.
  • Please read our cancellation/refund policy carefully before registering.
  • Price does not include meals on the road

Register in-person at the Campus Rec Front Office or online @



Packing List

Physical Challenge




Outfitting & Food


Pre-Trip Meeting:

4/14 @ 6pm

Pre-Trip meetings are required and are held the date of the registration deadline (listed above – generally the week of or week before the trip), from 6-7:30 pm at the TCU Climbing Wall.  You will meet the leaders and other trip members, as well as cover all details such as weather, menu, safety issues, and clothing requirements. You will also be issued all of your equipment at this time (sleeping bags, pad, tent, etc.).


Day 1: Meet at the Brazos River put-in around 10:00am. We will then launch the boats in the water and paddle down the river until we reach our campsite for the night. After dinner we will watch the stars come out as we gather around the campfire roasting S’mores.

Day 2: After a hearty breakfast, we will pack up camp and get back on the water to finish the rest of our paddle. Once we reach the take out we will run a shuttle system to get everyone back to their cars. 

Physical Challenge

Paddling down the Brazos River can be tiring and may take the majority of the day. Be prepared to paddle for up to 6 hours per day. Strong winds can increase or decrease the difficulty of this paddle as canoes can be highly influenced by the wind. While participants do not need to be superstars athletes, a decent level of fitness can go a long way.

TRIP RATING 2 out of 3 – This is an intermediate paddle trip.

Packing List

We are limited on space, and the less stuff you bring, the less you have to carry around. Ask yourself…What would I want in the coldest weather or the hottest weather? Pack to be prepared for both!

Things that should be packed inside your personal day pack and kept with you inside the van:

  • Small day pack
  • Money for road meals
  • A warm layer
  • Headlamp
  • Travel size pillow
  • Water
  • Snack food
  • Camera


  • Sunglasses w/retainer strap
  • Personal stuff- extra contact lenses, chapstick, sunscreen, baby wipes, baby powder, ear plugs, hand lotion, medications you usually take…
  • 2 durable crush proof one-liter water bottles or a hydration pack
  • Eating utensils
  • Plastic bowl
  • Mug/insulated cup
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Wide brimmed shade hat
  • Beanie/ stocking cap
  • Bandana
  • Gloves
  • Tennis shoes with good ankle support
  • Hiking Socks
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots
  • Cotton or synthetic blend hiking shirt (breathable layer)
  • Cotton or synthetic camp shirt (a clean shirt to wear at camp)
  • Synthetic Long Sleeve Top(s) – Polypro, Capilene, or polyester.
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Sports bra
  • Windbreaker
  • Nylon shorts
  • Lightweight long pants/ cotton or synthetic hiking pants
  • Rain Pants
  • Sweatpants
  • Underwear
  • Synthetic long underwear (top & bottom)
  • Bathing suit
  • 15-30˚ sleeping bag and Thermarest sleeping pad
  • Tent with rain fly (sleeps 2-4)
  • Headlamp
  • Camp chair
  • Pack Bag: to hold all of the above items PLUS your personal gear and clothes
  • Expedition First Aid Kit
  • Ground Tarp
  • Stoves, fuel and all cooking gear-pots, pans, spice kit etc.
  • Repair kit for tents, stoves, packs, etc.
  • Water bags -2+ gallon bags for camp use
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert


There are numerous risks and hazards associated with the Brazos River. Not dressing appropriately can result in heat or cold illnesses (Hyperthermia or Hypothermia). Not drinking enough water results in dehydration and not being in adequate physical condition can result in sore muscles. Trip members must make a conscious effort to be safe. One person’s disdain for safety will always result in more hardship for the group. If we do have an accident or injury that requires medical attention beyond the scope of our leader’s experience, the trip is immediately over without refund. Our leaders are trained to administer first aid in an outdoor environment; however, while they may be able to treat injuries they cannot always prevent them.


Our wild campsite will be located along the bank of the Brazos River. There will be no facilities at this campsite, as we will simply be finding a flat area adjacent to the river to set up camp on. Modern bathroom facilities and clean running water will not be available for the duration of this trip. TCU will provide water jugs (for drinking and cooking), tents, warm synthetic sleeping bags, and foam sleeping pads. You will have the choice to share a tent with two or three trip members or sleep under the stars. The sleeping area provides us with durable hard packed dirt.


The trip leaders will research the weather conditions in advance to assess the situation. The Trip will be canceled if the weather is dangerous. If you do not receive an email about this, then please be prepared to be out in the weather. Please follow the weather and use your best judgment as well as the packing list to determine what you will personally need to stay warm and dry during the entirety of this trip. Layers are recommended for cold weather and failure to bring proper attire will be detrimental to your experience.