MORGAN'S POINT RESORT (June 4, 2013) -- The citizens of Morgan's Point Resort voted in an election a few years ago to increase the city's sales tax one quarter of one percent to fund an Economic Development Corporation.
That corporation teamed up with the Texas Parks and Wildlife to create three new paddling trails along Lake Belton.
Paddlers can use the Camp Kachina Trail, Tanyard Springs Trail, and the Mother Neff Trail.
People can pick between the different types of trails based on level of experience, length, and features they want to see.
EDC board members say the unique thing about the trails is they aren't defined by markers but by GPS coordinates.
"You look on the trail map and you can align that with your GPS and that gives you the defined distances and waypoints of the different features," says EDC Board Member, Pamela Terry.
Sightings of wildlife are also popular along the trails, especially in the morning.
Paddlers can see animals like Ospreys, Golden Cheeked Warblers, foxes, and occasionally Bald Eagles.
Terry says paddling down the trails, you see things you wouldn't typically see from a boat.
Lake locals have already started seeing more paddlers than usual this summer and the citizens of Morgan's Point Resort are more than happy to share the lake with outsiders.
"I think they're helping us showcase our lake area and how easily accessible it is," says Terry.
City Manager David Huseman says, "we have a beautiful location here, a wonderful town and we want to share it. We want people to come and enjoy it."