Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail

The Buffalo Bayou runs through central Houston. There is a 26-mile section that runs from below the Addicks Dam at Highway 6 to Allen’s Landing in the center of the city. Allen’s Landing is recognized as the birthplace of Houston and served as the city’s first wharf.

Texas Parks and Wildlife have tried to establish this paddling trail. The map shows ten viable launch points, but development has been hampered by flooding, especially Hurricane Harvey. At various times and locations, there have been canoe rentals and shuttling services. This adventure joined my list as soon as I heard about it. We had a two-seat kayak. It took being locked down during COVID that led to my first exploration. That first adventure and the subsequent ones are described below, and I look forward to returning to these peaceful waters!


Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail: Briar Bend Park to Woodway Memorial Park

This is a “catch-up” post from May 2020 to describe our second outing on the Buffalo Bayou. Having successfully completed a solo outing the previous week, I persuaded Samuel to join me for the next leg. The days were getting hot, so a short trip was advised. Moving upstream from my previous outing, the nextContinue reading “Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail: Briar Bend Park to Woodway Memorial Park”

Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail: Woodway Memorial Park to Allen’s Landing

This is a “catch-up” post from April 2020, when COVID was just starting to get real. The legacy of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 remained strong. We’d bought our bright-green ten-foot “Lifetime Manta” kayak for less than $300 in 2012 to have some fun with the kids. It had been hanging from the ceiling of ourContinue reading “Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail: Woodway Memorial Park to Allen’s Landing”

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