Houston in general is famous for its huge oil refineries and suburban areas. However, this city has more to offer than just highways and refineries. If you are an outdoor sports enthusiast, then Houston is the right place for you. Especially if you love water sports and are a passionate kayaker. Houston has some of the best places for kayaking. Given below is a list of some of the places in Houston that have become hot spots for kayaking.
Buffalo Bayou is an easily accessible place in Houston when it comes to kayaking. It runs through the main city areas offering the perfect paddling experience. It takes you under industrial bridges, green spaces of the city and gives a view of the downtown Houston skyline. You can get hourly and daily rentals of kayaks depending upon what suits you the most. You can also get classes in kayaking there as well as guided kayaking excursions and trips.
Lake Conroe is a popular lakeside getaway among Houston locals. It is the perfect place to soak the summer sun and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lake’s shore is lined with docks and green spaces. Do not think you have to miss out on your kayaking experience in this lake because you do not have a kayak. There are a lot of places in the lake’s area that rent out kayaks. Sometimes they have double kayaks available and rent kayaks by the hour. You will find little shade if you are kayaking o the lake and it is usually pretty sunny. So it is best t keep a hat with you and apply a lot of sunscreen to stay moisturized. On crowded days you might have to paddle carefully because there might be jet skis and motorboats.
The Woodlands is located in the northern suburbs of Houston. It contains a large lake system. This lake system is perfect for kayaking as it is surrounded by waterways and tributaries. It is an easily accessible kayaking spot and has many green, wooded areas. Hence the name, “The Woodlands”. Two places in the area rent out kayaks at very reasonable prices. This is one of the reasons that it is preferred by kayakers. If you want to get away from the city but not go too remote than The Woodlands is the perfect choice for your kayaking adventure.
This creek is an ideal spot for kayakers and paddleboarders because of its quiet and peaceful waters. Spring Creek is surrounded by many parks, and forests. When out there on your kayaking adventure you might even see some wildlife Spring Creek is home to. Close to spring creek is a charming green area known as Pundt Park. Remember to visit it if you are going for a Kayaking trip to Spring Creek because Pundt Park is a popular place for kayakers. It flows into the San Jacinto river
Clear lake is situated on the far eastern side of Houston. It is preferred by kayakers for their kayaking excursion because of its famous boardwalk that has lots of rides, shops, and restaurants. If you want to have a weekend getaway or a day trip without having to leave the city, then Clear Lake would be the best choice. It is ideal for kayaking because of the many bay areas it offers for exploring. Kayakers can rent kayaks from the nearby kayak shack, If requested they also give guided tours of the lake. It would not be wrong to call this lake a kayaker’s paradise.
Martin Dies Jr. State Park
This park is home to a lot of wildlife and diverse terrain so it is the best spot for your kayaking trip if you are a nature lover as well. It has campsites and hiking trails. You can camp directly on the property. Paddlers kayak on the large lake that is found in this park. The park offers kayak rentals as well.
This list should make your task of choosing a kayaking destination in Houston quite easy. Houston has a large number of places to offer for paddlesports each offering something different and enjoyable.