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- Birch Creek State Park – On the north side of the lake. Nice restroom/shower facility. More open lake paddling here. You can get to Birch Creek from here. – http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville
- Nails Creek State Park – This is our favorite park on the lake. Nice restroom/shower facility, good boat ramp, nice end of the lake away the wilder boaters. Access to Nails Creek, Flag Pond and Yegua Creek (if you can find it). Check our blogs for photos and more information about Nails Creek SP/Yegua Creek and Nails Creek. – http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville
- Newman’s Bottom – is part of the Lake Somerville Trailway and crosses Yegua Creek. You can paddle up Yegua Creek from the lake to Newman’s Bottom. It is about 4.5 miles from the point where the Yegua empties into Lake Somerville. You can drive to Newman’s Bottom. You must get a permit from the TPWD office at Nails Creek before parking at Newman’s Bottom. http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville/map
- Yegua Creek Corps of Engineers Park – This park has nice inlets and areas to paddle if you are a beginner or want to get out of the wind. http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/somerville/Recreation/Parks/Corpsparks.asp
- Rocky Creek Park Corps of Engineers Park – On the same side of the lake as Yegua Creek Park. http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/somerville/Recreation/Parks/Corpsparks.asp
- Nails Creek – Launch from the boat ramp at Nails Creek State Park. Nice creek to paddle. Up to the trail way bridge. Beyond if the log jam has an opening to squeeze through.
- Yegua Creek – Hard to find but worth it. Paddle up to Newman’s Bottom depending upon the flow/level.
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- Jerdelle Creek –
- Birch Creek –
West Galveston Bay
- Galveston Island State Park – This is a great place to kayak. You actually kayak on the bay side, not the gulf side. There are rest rooms, kayak launches that are sandy. You’ll see lots of wildlife: fish, birds, sea rays. You can find lots of shells too. We love it. Check out the Galveston Island State Park has a calendar of events. Try their sunset or moonlight paddles. Free! Here is a blog post of our experience at Galveston Island SP click here. Galveston Island State Park website – http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/galveston-island
- 8 Mile Rd / Anderson Ways Rd. – There is a parking lot there. No bathrooms so plan ahead. You can paddle do Deer Island and South Deer Island.
- Offats Bayou – You can launch from 61st street in Galveston. Moody Gardens is on this bayou. There are fireworks on Fridays in the summer.
- Bayou Vista / Hitchcock, Texas – I-45 at Hwy 6. These are the salt marshes or estuaries where the salt water meets the fresh water. Nice place to paddle and fish. You can also paddle under the railroad bridge to get out into Highland Bayou and to Tiki Island and North Deer Island. See these locations in detail on the Hook Line and Sinker fishing map of Galveston Bay. Kayak launches are at Bayou Paddle Monkeys in Bayou Vista or at Louis Bait Camp. Launch fees are $5 last we checked.
Christmas Bay – Nice place to kayak. National Preserve. No restrooms. Here is our experience at Christmas Bay click here. Texas Parks and Wildlife link- https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/coastal/christmas_bay/
Colorado River – Columbus, Texas – Launch at the highway 71 bridge and paddle to Beason’s Park. Just past the railroad bridge. Here is our experience paddling the Colorado River click here. – https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/columbus/
San Marcos River at Luling, TX – This stretch of the San.Marcos river is beautiful, shady and we loved it.
Paddling Houston’s Bayous and Creeks
Bayou Preservation Association BPA – Information, flow rates, launch and take out points, and maps for all of Houston’s Bayous and Creeks – http://www.bayoupreservation.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/185/MenuGroup/Home.htm
Armand Bayou – Beautiful place to paddle about 30 minutes outside of downtown Houston. Launch from Bay Area Park. Concrete boat ramp and parking lot. Go right from the ramp (north) takes you up the bayou. Going left takes you south to Clear Lake and southeast around University of Houston Clear Lake. Beautiful! No motorized boats allowed. There is a rest room there. There are also picnic areas and a covered pavilion.
Buffalo Bayou – Over 30 miles to paddle from Highway 6 to downtown Houston. You would never know you were in the middle of a large city as you paddle along this bayou. Shuttle services are available. Click on this link for the Bayou Preservation Association -they have a tremendous amount of information about Buffalo Bayou and all of the other waterways in the Houston Galveston area. http://www.bayoupreservation.org/default.aspx?act=documents2.aspx&category=Buffalo+Bayou
More information about Buffalo Bayou from the Buffalo Bayou Partnership http://buffalobayou.org/
Clear Creek – Friendswood, Texas. We have paddled from Challenger 7 Memorial Park to Countryside Park. There are lots of power boats and skier. Not kayak friendly or safe. 1776 Memorial Park to Oxnard Park and Oxnard Park to Countryside Park would be safer and more interesting looking. Countryside Park (at the Bay Area Bld bridge) has a nice kayak launch and parking area (restrooms too). More detailed info at http://www.bayoupreservation.org/default.aspx?act=documents2.aspx&category=Clear+Creek
Cypress Creek – –We have not kayaked this creek but there are opportunities for BPA clean up events and they do have paddle races as well. http://www.bayoupreservation.org/default.aspx?act=documents2.aspx&category=Cypress+Creek
Spring Creek – We have not paddle this creek yet. – http://www.bayoupreservation.org/default.aspx?act=documents2.aspx&category=Spring+Creek More information about the area- http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/
Lake Woodlands- North Shore Park – a really nice place to paddle. They have at water level boat docks just for launching kayaks and row boats. There is parking close to the launch. If you plan on paddling after the park closes, park outside the gates. . This lake is pretty and is surrounded by homes and commercial buildings in The Woodlands. No motorized boats allowed on this lake. There is a kayak rental business on the Woodlands Waterway. http://woodlandsevents.com/parks/panther-creek/northshore-park
Lake Livingston is a very large lake known for game fish. It is about 80 miles north of Houston. We have launched from Lake Livingston State Park and paddled inside of the no wake area. You can paddle out to Pine Island. There are 3 boat ramps, a park store, boat docks, fishing docks, a handicapped access boat dock, screened shelters, day use and camping areas. The park faces west so you have the chance for some nice sunsets. It is dark enough to view stars at night with a telescope. There is also Wolf Creek Park on the western side closer to Conroe. Here is more information and photos of our trip.
Lake Conroe is a large, popular lake with lots of commercial development and communities. There are many power boats and jet skis. Look into places to paddle that are further up the lake
- Public Access Points – https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/conroe/access.phtml
- Stubblefield Lake – http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/texas/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=30290&actid=31