Houston Paddleboard Locations:
The Houston area is surrounded by different bodies of water and many of them are great locations for paddling your SUP or kayak. Below is a list of some great spots as well as descriptions of different put-ins that are available.
Buffalo Bayou Paddle Trail in Houston
Buffalo Bayou is a 26 mile paddling trail that begins near Highway 6 on the West side and goes through downtown Houston. There are several access points along the trail that allow for different length trips and different views of town.
TPWD Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail – lists access points, float times, map of the paddle trail, and more general information
Bayou Shuttle Shuttle Service – these guys offer a shuttle service so you don’t have to park two cars, as well as kayak rentals and tours, and lots of good info and descriptions of the different access points
Map of Paddling Trail – with access points and float times **The Woodway Memorial Park access point (6) is closed for construction until January 2014**
More Buffalo Bayou Park Info – information from the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
My personal favorite section of this trail is the Sabine Street promenade to Allen’s Landing Park (access points 9-10). I can leave one car at Allen’s Landing behind Spaghetti Warehouse drive up to Sabine real quick and be in the water easily in a short time. This section is perfect to take a relaxing paddle through downtown after work and only takes 45 min – 1 hour at a leisurely pace.
When you park on Sabine (near the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark) look for the stairs leading down to the water on the North side of the street. At Allen’s Landing there is a lot right behind Spaghetti Warehouse, read the sign because it is only paid parking for certain days and hours.
Armand Bayou Paddling Trail (Clear Lake)
The Armand Bayou Paddling Trail follows Armand Bayou from near its confluence with Clear Lake, upstream through the Armand Bayou Nature Center to Horsepen Bayou. Lots of great wildlife to be seen on this paddle but keep an eye out for alligators, 10-footers are not uncommon around this wildlife preserve.
TPWD Armand Bayou Paddling Trail – How to get here, access points, trail maps and other general info
Map of Paddling Trail – lists paddling points, TPWD trails are marked with numbered signs for paddlers to follow, but if you want to get more high tech you can use a GPS unit to follow the trail. Here is the link to the GPS points.
Galveston Island State Park Paddling Trail
This trail is found in waters that surround Galveston Island State Park. Because most of the trails are protected by breakwater, the water is normally calm and makes for excellent paddling. There are three different trails that vary in length from 2.6 to 4.8 miles. The park has many other features of interest and paddlers can also take a hike along the dunes on the Gulf side. Camping is also available at the park.
TPWD Galveston Island State Park Paddling Trail – how to get here, access points, maps, trail descriptions, other general info
Map of the Paddling Trails – map of all 3 paddling trails and access points
- Christmas Bay Paddling Trail (info coming soon)
- Lake Conroe (info coming soon)
- Lake Houston (info coming soon)
- Texas City Dike (info coming soon)
Please obey all laws and rules while out paddling the different locations and respect the water ways. This is simply a guide so for your own safety take the initiative to learn what you need to before beginning any paddling trail and do not exceed your abilities. Also, this list is not complete. It will be updated periodically as we get more information about good paddle spots. If you have any more information about listed trails, or would like to add an additional location please let us know in the comments below or shoot us an email.