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Buffalo Bayou - Voss to Main
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM
HASK Paddle Trip
is required by Friday, March 24, 2017
This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants must wear a PFD. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver. See all rules at the bottom of this page.
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ACA Member & Non-HASK
Non-ACA participants will need to pay a fee. See below for details
We will This is a Level 2 trip. at Riverbend Park, 7978 Woodway near Voss and Westheimer, and paddle about put in downstream on Buffalo Bayou to the Main Street Bridge behind Spaghetti Warehouse, 901 Commerce Street. This trip is a good opportunity to get a very different look at your city, from the forests of the Memorial Villages, Memorial Park, and the Houston Arboretum to the backyards of the River Oaks Rich and Famous, to the managed banks along Allen Parkway, to the netherworld maze of downtown bridges. And a lot of it is clean and pretty. 15 river miles
This could be a long day. We will and unload boats meet at 8:30 a.m. at the park and gear. My drivers will downtown while our porters carry boats to the water. I hope to be on the water by 10 a.m. Time to downtown could be three to six hours, depending on current, if any, so bring plenty of food and water. shuttle cars That should put us at the Update - Takeouts are no longer a problem on the upper section of this trip because the floods of the last few years have resulted in the deposition of beautiful sandy beaches! We should be able to make a couple of rest stops and a lunch stop. take-out between 2 and 4 p.m.
. You probably don't know it exists. This piece of Woodway is WEST of Voss Parking at the put-in is good but limited. Parking at the take-out is the public pay lot at Spaghetti Warehouse, which will cost you $5 in the box. The easy take-out is at the bottom of the hill (where one usually finds the water, duh) under the Main Street Bridge. See the map link above. (The take-out is a beach but the put-in is a -----.) The put-in is a steep switchbacky constructed trail (see photo below) that requires patience and caution.
The trip is dependent on water flow. If the bayou is too high and fast, we'll cancel the trip. In slack water, it's easy but long. There is usually at least a little current above Shepherd. In moderate current, it's not so long but does require some steering and boat control to avoid sand bars and strainers (overhanging trees). The trip is suitable for canoes, sit-on-top, recreational, and sea kayaks but you will need some stamina and pace to cover the mileage, which is a little longer than the Buffalo Bayou Regatta.
include falling on the put-in trail (wear good footwear!), log, concrete, and other debris in the water, fire ants, and urban animals. Hazards We will likely have some current. - don't paddle into obstacles in or overhanging the water. Strainers are serious
Also, get all your vaccinations up to date and seal any unnecessary orifices.
half way down the put-in trail
typical scene on Buffalo Bayou downtown Houston
Trip Rating* 2
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* Trip ratings are only a guide. Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather.
This is an ACA sanctioned event. Every participant must wear a PFD.
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