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Study Break Paddle 5/1

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Date(s) - 05/01/2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

West Fork of the Trinity River


Full Moon Paddle

Dates: 5/1 Time: 6-10 pm
Registration Deadline: 4/29 Regular Cost: $15/$20
Location: Trinity River

Trip Description:

End your day the right way with a peaceful, moonlit paddle down Fort Worth’s own Trinity River. Enjoy good company while taking in the beautiful, illuminated downtown skyline that be seen near the end of the route. This 4.5-mile paddle down the West Fork of the Trinity is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced paddlers who just enjoy being on the water. We provide paddling instruction, so don’t worry if you’ve never set foot in a canoe or kayak. The Trinity is known for its calm waters, so although there isn’t a strong current, you’re sure to be swept away by this adventuresome break from studying.

Trip Cost:

$15 with a TCU ID, $20 as a sponsored guest

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

Trip Registration:

Register in-person or online @



Packing List

Physical Challenge




Outfitting & Food


Pre-Trip Meeting:

There will be no Pre-Trip meeting scheduled for this trip although you should receive an email regarding details of the trip from your Trip Leader.


5:45pm – Meet by the Outdoor Center at the TCU Recreation Center

6:15pm – Depart for the Trinity River and unload boats

7:00pm – Start Paddling

9:30pm – Finish Paddling, load up boats and drive back to TCU

10:00pm – Get back to TCU

Packing List

For the Full Moon Paddle please wear clothes that you can get wet as well as water shoes that are secure (not flip flops). Please bring something to keep you warm as we will be on the Trinity River for a few hours. Please bring your water bottle and a snack.

Physical Challenge

We will be giving everyone on the trip a tutorial on how to paddle so prior knowledge is not necessary. Although this is not an extremely strenuous activity, please be ready to paddle for the duration of the time on the Trinity. Normally the river flows very slowly and paddling will be required to reach the destination.

TRIP RATING 1 out of 3 – This is a beginner paddle trip.   


There are numerous risks and hazards associated with the Trinity 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. We will provide a Personal Flotation Device (pfd) for everyone. Staff will be equipped with a First Aid Kit. Hazards include debris in the river as well as misuse of gear. Prior knowledge is not a requirement but please be ready to learn about safety on the water.

Hygiene Comfort

There will be port-a-potty style restrooms at the beginning and end of our paddle. Running water is not available. This is a front-country trip and standard amenities will be provided except for the times we are on the river.


The trip leaders will research the weather conditions in advance to assess the situation. The Trip will be cancelled 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 judgement 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.