The official ribbon cutting for the new POC Paddling Trail will be Thursday at 9am at Little Jetties, Washington Street and Commerce Street in Port O'Connor. The POC Paddling Trail consists of a series of interconnecting trails. The twelve mile expansion adds two new trails, Pass Cavallo J-hook Trail and Barroom Bay Trail, to provide a total of ~40 miles of paddling opportunity along the shores of Espiritu Santo and Matagorda Bays and through their saltwater marsh. Existing trails which provide opportunities to paddle several hours, all day or several days have been renamed: Fishpond Trail, Big Pocket Trail, Mule Slough Trail, Matagorda Island Trail.

The paddling trail expansion has been possible through the dedication and cooperation of following community sponsors

• Calhoun County

• Port O’Connor Chamber of Commerce

• Westside Calhoun County Navigation District

• San Antonio Bay Partnership

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Alan Raby of Dolphin Kayaks will offer a FREE PADDLING LESSON. Kayaks of various types will be available for use during the lesson for demonstration and use. Additionally, a guided paddle is planned at 9 am Friday July 10 at Boggy Park. The public is invited to hone their kayaking skills at this free event. Refreshments will be available.