Cross Water Outfitters

Crossing Many Waters and Representing the Cross of Christ

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Cross Water Outfitters is a fishing ministry based in Central Texas and specializes in jug-fishing for all species of catfish on local Central and East Texas area lakes. Our mission is to reflect the Love of God and Jesus Christ to men and their families through enjoying the great outdoors.


Our main mission is to work as a ministry with US Army veterans who have recently served in Iraq and Afghanistan by introducing them to local fishing excitement and the simple Gospel message. We also host “Friends and Neighbors” events for civilians and others looking to have an new enriching experience with God in Christ.  Feel free to browse our website and contact us for more information about our upcoming events!

Check out our new CWO brochure!


New 2018 CWO Dates Are Here! Mark Your Calendars!

March 23-25, 2018 – Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation, Lake Buchanan, Thunderbird Resort

 April 13-15, 2018 – Warriors in Transition Brigade Unit (WTU), Lake Belton, BLORA


See Dustin Warncke’s Article on CWO in the January 2017 issue of Texas Fish & Game Magazine


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Hope for the Hungry.

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We are a non-profit ministry and thank you for your continued support to make our events possible now and in the future. Lives are changed at every one of our events and we humbly thank you for your partnership in our ministry!


  • Team,
    This is the first formal communication for our upcoming Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation event. Please read the information below carefully and respond with your intent to serve and/or with any questions you may have.

    What: Crosswater Outfitters w/Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation
    When: March 23-25, 2018
    Where: Thunderbird Resort, Lake Buchanan

    Event Schedule:

    The event schedule will be posted once it is finalized. You can expect it in the final formal email on the week of the event or in a supplemental email shortly thereafter.

    At last year’s event, CWO staff did not meet guests until Saturday morning, and we had our salt covenant/welcome briefing on Friday night. We conducted the fish fry Saturday evening and although we had no guests Sunday morning, many of us stayed and fished. I can’t say for certain we will follow this same format, but it is likely that we will.

    Immediate Needs:

    Please check your calendars and respond with the following information:

    1. If you are attending, and are a captain bringing your boat.
    2. If you are attending, and are available to be a deckhand - or are already the deckhand of one of our captains.
    3. If you will require lodging at the event. (If this is the case, please also include Ed Hellon - ed.hellon@espus.com - on your response.)
    4. If you have some sort of schedule restriction.
    Arrival Notes:

    More details will follow. Last year, we did not stay at Thunderbird, but we did have the welcome briefing there. Once John Williams has firm attendance numbers, we will finalize this.

    Directions:
    Take TX-29 west from Georgetown to Burnet. On the west side of Burnet, turn right on Farm to Market Rd 2341 and travel almost 7 miles. Then turn left on Greenwood Hills Trail. This road ends at Thunderbird. Google Maps and Apple Maps are confirmed to both be accurate for this trip. Note that there is no cell phone signal at Thunderbird, but GPS should still work.
    Lodging:
    Will come in a later email (see above)
    Docking:
    Thunderbird has 14(?) slips available for use, so we should have plenty of docking room the entire weekend. There are electrical outlets at the dock.
    Bait:
    Bait should be moving up shallow by the time of this event. Captains are responsible for ensuring their boat has enough to run jugs. There are several bait shops in the vicinity as well.
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    Had a great weekend at Thunderbird Lodge for our team building event. Thank you to Steve Norris and Scott Pollard for giving the devotions. ...

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    Team,
    This is the first formal communication for our upcoming Team Building event. I will need a response from anyone who is participating. Please note the participation restrictions below in the “Immediate Needs” section.

    What: Crosswater Outfitters Team Building
    When: February 9-11, 2018
    Where: Thunderbird Resort, Lake Buchanan

    Event Schedule:

    The event schedule will be posted in a future email.

    Immediate Needs:

    Please review your calendar and respond as soon as is reasonable whether or not you can attend and in what role (captain/deckhand). Note that this event will be for any team member who is currently serving or who has served with us at any past event, or who has committed to serve with us but hasn’t yet been able to attend. We will not be inviting guests to this event.

    We will try to cut off sign-ups no later than a week prior to the event so that John can finalize the lodging.
    Arrival Notes:

    Welcome briefing will start at a time to be announced later at the Event Center. Our current plan is to begin the event on Friday morning and proceed on a schedule similar to our Friends and Neighbors events. If other commitments will prevent you from arriving early Friday, note this in your response, but please make every effort to secure Friday for this event if possible.
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