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Kayaking/Boating/Canoeing

 

 Kayaking is the new trend these days and Bayou City Outdoors is hooked on this thrilling activity!

 

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Those in the know will tell you that one of the best ways to spend your afternoon is floating down your favorite bayou while soaking up sun with friends or family. Being the Bayou City, there are many opportunities to enjoy canoeing or kayaking adventure. If you are looking for a little more adventure than the calm of the bayou, try kayaking the moving waters of nearby rivers.

Click here to find a site near you!

Shake, paddle and roll -- stay safe while boating

  • National Safety Council's safe canoeing tips (click here)
  • Safety checklist for canoeing - before you go and while you're out on the water (click here)
  • Keeping dry and keeping safe while canoeing (click here)

Clean Boats Campaign!! Let's help keep our lakes and rivers free of invasive plant species!

*provided by HoustonWilderness.org

This is a video of our beginners' whitewater kayak class at the Power Olympic Outdoor Center ( http://www.kayakinstruction.org ). If you're a member who attended you can order the DVD from them (it's good).

This video may look like we know what we're doing, but we were all total beginners at the start of the one day class. Michelle & Ben taught us everything we needed to know. Lots of fun, even though some of us had trouble staying upright!

We also take a trip to Mexico every year in October to run the whitewater south of the border, and we always have a great adventure! Just check out the video below to see! You can sign up for the trip on our calendar in October. You should sign up early because we always fill up fast!

 

 

Texas offers kayakers a wide range of choices to enjoy this great outdoor activity. With more than 3,700 named streams, 15 major rivers and some 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline along the Gulf Coast, Texas offers myriad opportunities for paddling adventures of all types. You have plenty of freshwater streams, rivers, and lakes to choose from and lots of choices for saltwater paddling. Bottom line, there are lots of places to river kayak and enjoy the water, scenery and camaraderie. Kayak fishing is growing leaps and bounds and Texas rivers have some fish just waiting for you, so give it a try!

Places to Kayak in and around Houston:

Lakes & Bayous: Houston isn't called the "Bayou City" for nothing! We have plenty of lakes and bayous that you can easily access on the weekends or even during the week!

Lake Livingston
- a short drive north of Houston, Lake Livingston is a recreator's paradise! You can camp, hike, bike, and more! Kayak rentals are available at the marina to navigate the flat water and see the local wildlife! (More Details)

Lake Conroe
- The Lake Conroe area has experienced incredible growth and transformation in recent years. There's an abundance of all kinds of boating and a great place to start with flat water kayaking (More Details)

Clear Lake - With Johnson Space Center right around the corner, Clear Lake has had its ups and downs in recent years. But, one thing has stayed the same: sailors flock to Clear Lake for the Wednesday races and to sail the bay. Kayakers can get familiar with ocean currents and salt water by traversing the shoreline along the lake. (More Details)
 
Sheldon Lake - On the south side of Houston, Sheldon Lake State Park gives kayakers and boaters an opportunity to view wildlife and/or fish from the comfort of their boat. (More Details)

288 Lakes - Houston's premier freshwater facility! You can kayak, paddleboard, swim or scuba dive in this easily accessible location just south of Houston! (More Details)

Lake Woodlands - BCO Often holds flat water kayaking lessons here. It's a great place to learn, and you can even kayak the waterways to get a great view of concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion! (More Details)

Buffalo Bayou - Traversing through the center of Houston, Buffalo Bayou provides an abundance of wildlife and views for the adventurous kayaker! (More Details)

Cypress Creek - Starting at Pundt Park in Houston Precinct District 4, you can do leisurely weekly or weekend trips along the waterways. (More Details)

Lake Somerville - A family destination in the Hill Country, it is a great weekend getaway with flat water kayaking and other recreational opportunities as well! (More Details)

Oyster Creek - In Sugar Land, Oyster Creek is a good place to put in a kayak and paddle around for a whole day or just an evening. You can also fish, view wildlife, and leisurely paddle along the canals.

Rivers:Texas is home to some beautiful rivers, and most of them are the perfect temperature year-round. With varying degrees of difficulty, these rivers are the best place to learn whitewater kayaking or to spend a weekend improving those skills! Below is just a sampling of the rivers in Texas.

San Marcos River - The San Marcos River is a spring-fed river that stays a temperate 68 degrees year-round. Some man-made whitewater features provide the perfect setting for learning whitewater kayaking. (More Details)

Guadalupe River - A popular tubing destination in New Braunfels, the Guadalupe River's relaxed pace is another great option for learning how to paddle and navigate the rivers. (More Details)

Neches River - The Neches River is one of East Texas' major waterways that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. It is abundant with wildlife all along the banks, and is popular for recreation because of its constant water levels. (More Details)

Frio River - There's a reason they call it the Frio River. It's COLD year-round, so when the hot Texas summer months seem to be wearing on, a dip in this river is refreshing and stimulating! (More Details)


Helpful Resources

Bayou City Outdoors - Bayou City Outdoors is Houston's Outdoor Activities and Social Organization - We are the largest in the state of Texas, and you can find us out on the water kayaking several times a month! We provide lessons to beginners and kayaking trips for those wanting more of a challenge. Click HERE for more information! www.BayouCityOutdoors.com

Texas State Park's Texas Paddling Trails
- There are 38 official paddling trails in the state of Texas, and they are well maintained and easily accessible for kayaking, fishing, or just outdoor recreation. More Information Here!

Power Outdoor Olympic Center - The Power Outdoor Olympic Center is a kayak instruction center for everyone! They have lessons for beginners, intermediate, or advanced. You can learn whitewater or flat water kayaking from the experts! More information: http://www.kayakinstruction.org/

Team River Runners - Team River Runner Houston is a non-profit organization that provides kayaking lessons to military veterans and their families. They are also a great resource with excellent instructors, so if you're interested in getting involved in kayaking or if you want to help others through kayaking, this is a great place to start! More Information Here!

Kayaking Day Touring Checklist from REI

Want to know what to bring on a day trip out kayaking? We have a checklist from REI that will help you make sure you have what you need to go out for a day with Bayou City Outdoors!

You can Print the Checklist here!

Kayak basics

  • Kayak
  • Paddle (1 per paddler), plus spare
  • Personal floatation device (1 per paddler)
  • Extra PFD
  • Spray skirt
  • Dry bags (for gear organization)
  • Spare deck bungee cords
  • Weather/VHF radio
  • ______________________
  • Signaling devices (whistle, mirror, flares)
  • Towline/floating throw line (w/throw bag)
  • Paddle leash
  • Paddle float
  • Float tubes
  • Sea anchor
  • Bailer or bilge pump
  • Sponges
  • ______________________

Core gear

  • Maps and charts in waterproof case
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Matches/lighter/fire starter in waterproof container
  • Knife or multi-tool
  • Two-way radios
  • Cell phone in protective bag
  • Multifunction watch
  • Headlamp or flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • ______________________
  • First-aid supplies (see our First-aid checklist)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Water bottles (filled)
  • Water treatment method
  • Backup water treatment (e.g., halogens)
  • Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Beverages or powdered drinks
  • ______________________

Clothing options

  • Dry suit or top
  • Paddling gloves or pogies
  • Neoprene footwear
  • Sandals
  • Helmet
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Hat or cap retainer
  • Skullcap
  • Bandanna or buff
  • Wool/synthetic cap or balaclava
  • ______________________
  • Moisture-wicking T-shirt
  • Moisture-wicking underwear
  • Rashguard
  • Swimsuit
  • Shorts or convertible pants
  • Sun-shielding shirt (long sleeves) and pants
  • Spray jacket or rainwear (jacket and pants)
  • Synthetic vest or jacket (for insulation)
  • Synthetic gloves or mittens
  • ______________________

Repair-kit options

  • Sealant (such as Aquaseal)
  • Bailing wire (copper, small roll)
  • Nylon cord (or bungee cords)
  • ______________________
  • Putty
  • Replacement nuts/bolts
  • Duct tape
  • ______________________

Other day gear options

  • Lunch
  • Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
  • Beverages or powdered drinks
  • Cooler (with ice)
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Duffels (to supplement dry bags)
  • ______________________
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper and sanitation trowel
  • Permits and licenses
  • Fishing gear
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
  • Credit card; small amount of cash
  • Trip itinerary left w/friend + under car seat
  • ______________________

 

 

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Events To Watch!
PRE-TRIP/INFO MEETING For Canoeing/Camping the Wild & Scenic Neches River
09/01/2015
Grand Canyon - pre-trip meeting
09/01/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/02/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/02/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/02/2015
Happy Hour at Chuy's before Armando's Dance Night
09/03/2015
80's Dance Night at Armando's
09/03/2015
Labor Day Weekend @ THE BEACH
09/03/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride & Classic Car Show
09/05/2015
Weekend @ THE BEACH - Dinner at Nate’s West End
09/06/2015
Towne Lake Triathlon Volunteers needed!
09/06/2015
Monday Post Walk Dinner-La Fendee
09/07/2015
Labor Day at Huntsville Plus ride the new trails
09/07/2015
Monday Walk Houston's Herman Park
09/07/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/09/2015
City Hall Farmer''s Market & Lunch
09/09/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/09/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/09/2015
Elton John Tribute at MOT
09/11/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
09/12/2015
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/12/2015
Iceland Pre-trip Planning Meeting
09/12/2015
Trot For Good Training Program
09/12/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Herman Park
09/14/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/14/2015
Coming to Your Senses - Blind Wine Tasting
09/14/2015
Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: Hiking 101
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/14/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
09/15/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/16/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/16/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/16/2015
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail -Leisure Ride
09/17/2015
Thursdays ROCK at Discovery Green
09/17/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
09/18/2015
Happy Hour at Phoenicia MKT Bar
09/18/2015
Chipolte Green Film / Music Event at Discovery Green
09/18/2015
Goose Island State Park Camping and Rockport Hummingbird Festival
09/18/2015
F3 Cross Training's Caveman Challenge
09/19/2015
BCO Pub Roll & Stroll Scavenger Hunt
09/19/2015
ACK Kayak Demo Days
09/19/2015
Kayaking at Lighthouse Lakes Paddling Trail
09/20/2015
Tour de Pink
09/20/2015
Monday Post Walk Dinner-La Fendee
09/21/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Herman Park
09/21/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/21/2015
Chili 2016 Wine and Biking VBT Info. Meeting
09/22/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
09/22/2015
Astros vs the LA Angels
09/22/2015
Grand Canyon North & South Rims
09/23/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/23/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/23/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/23/2015
Biking White Oak Bayou Trail -Leisure Ride
09/24/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/24/2015
Thursday Concerts at Discovery Green - featuring Dale Watson and the Lonestars
09/24/2015
Whitewater Kayaking 101 Weekends 2015 - READ FIRST
09/25/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction 101
09/26/2015
Tastings - Popcorn
09/26/2015
NWCC Zube Park Ride
09/26/2015
Mucky Duck_California Guitar Trio
09/26/2015
Kayaking and free Hall & Oates Concert!
09/26/2015
End of Season Pool Party and BBQ
09/26/2015
Great night playing lots of games
09/26/2015
Hike Brazos Bend State Park
09/27/2015
BCO Presents: Picasso’s by Paws Painting Party & Fundraiser
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

09/27/2015
Whitewater Kayaking Instruction - Day 2
09/27/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/28/2015
Monday Walk Houston''s Herman Park
09/28/2015
West Houston -Tuesday AM Terry Hershey - Bike Ride
09/29/2015
Trail Running @ Memorial Park!
09/30/2015
Rice University Evening Walk
09/30/2015
Post-Walk Pizza & BYOB at Luigi''s
09/30/2015
Iceland trip
10/03/2015
Daisy "DoBeDo" O'Connor and John Craigie @ Mucky Duck
10/04/2015
Vino Bingo
10/08/2015
Nepal Trek 2015
10/09/2015
Gritty Goddess
10/10/2015
Festa Italiana 2015
10/10/2015
BCO and REI present Backpacking 101
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/12/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
10/15/2015
Dinner at Bamboo House before the Theater
10/15/2015
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Stages Theatre
10/15/2015
Guadalupe River State Park Camping
10/16/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
10/16/2015
BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/17/2015
BCO MS150 Kick-Off Dinner and Q&A
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/19/2015
Dracula at Studio 101
10/22/2015
Canoeing/Camping Trip on the Wild & Scenic Neches River
10/23/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/23/2015
West TX Weekend--ARE YOU INTERESTED--Based in Apline TX
10/23/2015
Game Night
10/24/2015
Kiwanis Sealy Fall Classic- "Ride for Pie!"
10/24/2015
BCO Orientation Dinner
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/29/2015
Scotland Pre-Trip Meeting
10/30/2015
Golf at Pine Crest Golf Club
10/31/2015
9th Annual BCO Haunted Hike
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

10/31/2015
BCO Weekend in the Woods! - HOLD THE DATE!
11/05/2015
Kate's Escape - Accomodations relating to Tour de Gruene
11/06/2015
2015 Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's
11/07/2015
Tour de Gruene
11/07/2015
DIY Bookbinding
11/08/2015
BCO Member & Guests Dinner
11/11/2015
Camping at Inks Lake
11/13/2015
BCO Kayak Polo & Kayak Rolling Practice
11/13/2015
BCO - A Walk in the Woods
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/14/2015
BCO Graffiti Art & Bike Ride
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/15/2015
BCO Meet & Greet
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

11/19/2015
Dinner at Luby's Cafeteria before the Theater
11/19/2015
Sister’s Christmas Catechism at Stages Theatre
11/19/2015
A Holiday Gathering and House Concert
11/21/2015
Thanksgiving Hiking Tucson Area
11/22/2015
Dinner at Teala's before the Theater
12/03/2015
Panto Snow Queen: Unfrozen at Stages Theatre
12/03/2015
BCO Event Leader Holiday Party
12/08/2015
FULL - HOLD THE DATE – Costa Rica Beach & Adventure Tour
12/12/2015
BCO Post Holiday Party (Grinches Unite!)
OPEN TO PUBLIC!

12/26/2015
Ecuador & Galapagos Adventure & Tour IN JUNE 2016
02/09/2016
Tramping and Touring in New Zealand!
02/12/2016
ROW 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!
04/28/2016
Ecuador & Galapagos Adventure & Tour
06/25/2016
West Texas Fitness, Multi Sport and Fun Week 2016
08/07/2016
Scotland - Hike The West Highland Way
08/23/2016
Climb Kilimanjaro - RSVP for more INFO
09/16/2016
Chili Biking Vineyards & Costal Vistas
11/02/2016


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