Houston -area paddling and rowing resources

April 28, 2017 GMT

All Points of Sail Kayak and Canoe Rental: Minutes from Armand Bayou, rentals include kayaks, canoes, paddles and life jackets. 2517 NASA Parkway, Suite 7, 281-532-1518; Hours: 9 a.m.-dark. Cost varies. SE

Armand Bayou Paddling Trail: Not for the faint of heart, this trail follows Armand Bayou from near its confluence with Clear Lake, upstream through the Armand Bayou Nature Center to Horsepen Bayou, where alligators in excess of 10 feet can be seen. Clear Lake Park Road at NASA Parkway, Seabrook; SE

Artist Boat Guided Paddling Tours: Staff of certified kayak instructors takes participants to scenic spots in Houston and Galveston via kayak, identifying native species, teaching watercolor techniques, assisting with developing paddling skills and interpreting natural processes. 409-770-0722; Find schedule at Cost: $50 per person for three-hour and four-hour adventures, $25 for two-hour adventures. SE


Bayou City Adventures: Offers kayak and canoe rentals ($30-$45), and tours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. The Houston Skyline tour is roughly 3.5 hours and stretches 7.65 miles from Woodway Memorial Park to Sabine Street near downtown. 713-538-7433; Hours: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month. Cost: $50. Inner Loop

Buffalo Bayou Paddling Trail: Bring your own vessel to navigate the waters of Buffalo Bayou from west Houston, Memorial Park or Buffalo Bayou Park at multiple entry points; Hours: 6 a.m.-11 p.m. daily, rain or shine. Inner Loop

Greater Houston Rowing Club: Provides facilities, equipment and training for all levels of rowing ability. 15910 Creek Bend, Sugar Land, 832-868-8144; Memberships from $60 for six months. Call for program times. SW

Houston Association of Sea Kayakers: Paddle trips on lakes, bayous, rivers, in the bay, in surf and on open water. Training Club meetings every other month near downtown. 12601 Boheme, 713-444-3315; Hours vary; membership form online. SW

Houston Canoe Club: Aims to bring together fans of whitewater, flat water, touring, racing and stand-up paddling to paddle the bayous, lakes, rivers, streams and Gulf shores of Texas and around the United States. Weekly meetings held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet; Visit website for contact information. SW

Houston Heat Dragon Boat Club: Comprised dragon-boat paddlers training for local, national and international competitions. Annual memberships are $200. Visit website to fill out contact form with questions and to view events calendar.


Kayak and paddleboarding on Kinder Lake: Leisure paddling around the lake at Discovery Green park downtown. 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336; Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, March 18-June 26. Cost: kayak rides $5, paddleboards $10. Inner Loop

Lake Houston Rowing: Offers affordable rowing classes to residents of Atascocita, Huffman, Humble and Kingwood. 10602 FM 1960 E., Huffman, 201-803-7454; Call for program schedule and pricing. NE

North Lake Conroe Paddling Co.: Kayak rentals for individuals and small- to medium-size groups. NLCPC has its own lakefront property for easy put-ins. 13988 Calvary, Willis, 936-203-2697; Hours: by appointment. Cost: $25-45 for two hours. N

Riva Row Boathouse: Paddle around The Woodlands Waterway. 281-210-3965; Summer hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thu.-Tue. Nonsummer hours: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thu.-Mon. Cost: single kayaks $15 for first hour. Tandem kayaks $20 for first hour, $5 per additional hour. N

Rowing Club of The Woodlands: Offers recreational, intermediate and elite rowing opportunities for rowers and competitors of all abilities. 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, 832-510-7609; Hours: 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 8-11 a.m. Sat., 8-10 a.m. Sun. Call or fill out online form for membership information. N

Southwest PaddleSports: All rentals include paddles and PFD (life jacket). Sit-on-tops include seat backs. Fishing kayaks have rod holders (anchors and trolley are available). 26322 Interstate 45, The Woodlands, 281-292-5600; Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Cost: varies, depending on rental. Check website for regular paddling and kayaking class and tour dates. N

Spring Creek Greenway: Precinct 4 offers launches at Collins Park, Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center and Pundt Park for those interested in canoeing/kayaking Spring or Cypress Creeks and associated waterways. Reservations can be made for weekday and weekend trips 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. NW

Trail Expeditions: An online source for Texas kayak tours and state-of the-art kayak and camping gear. Buffalo Bayou and Armand Bayou kayak tours. 713-364-6298; See website for schedule. Cost: $75-$85. Inner Loop