FORT BEND COUNTY, TX – Fort Bend County in cooperation with Fort Bend Green is proud to announce the completion of two canoe launch sites along the Brazos River Paddling Trail. The first two sites completed are located in Simonton, Texas at F.M. 1093 and F.M. 1489. KBR donated funds to Fort Bend Green for the two launches in the Simonton area in northern Fort Bend. Brickhouse Construction Company served as the General Contractor.
An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. attended by L-R: Sidney Alfonso, KBR; Jane Stockton, City Council, City of Simonton; John Van De Wiele, Fort Bend Green; Bob Hebert, County Judge; Jeff Wiley, Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council; and Eric Hall, KBR.
Fort Bend Green Board President John Van De Wiele stated, “We’re proud to have completed our first two canoe launch sites and look forward to future projects in collaboration with our municipal and private partners. Our Board was created to provide a means to facilitate the planning and development of green space and we are proud to reach the accomplishment of opening up these first two sites.”
The Brazos River has long been a popular destination for canoe trips, but paddlers may not know that there are plenty of opportunities to take to the water and explore the river’s lower reaches. The Lower Brazos Canoe Trail project is a collaboration of Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties to develop a canoe trail on the Brazos as an integral part of 600+ miles of multi-use trails and green space circling the Greater Houston area. The entire project will ultimately link the natural beauty of the region’s wilderness with a series of preserves, parks, waterways, nature centers and trails.
Visitors are welcome. Directions to each site are as follows:
F.M. 1093: From U.S. 59
Take the Grand Parkway (SH 99) northeast to F.M. 1093, take a left at the intersection of F.M. 359 at Fulshear. You are still on F.M. 1093, continue until the intersection with F.M. 1489 and jog slightly right to the Brazos River Bridge.
F.M. 1489: From U.S. 59
Take the Grand Parkway (SH 99) northeast to F.M. 1093, take a left at the intersection of F.M. 359 at Fulshear. You are still on F.M. 1093, continue until the intersection with F.M. 1489 and turn left to the Brazos River Bridge.