Trip Description: Let's get out on the water for a leisurely paddle on Armand Bayou. We will launch from Bay Area Park and paddle north, into the upper reaches of the bayou; or south into Horsepen Bayou, depending on the group mood at put-in. Our serpentine path north is bordered by a lush, verdant landscape, providing home to alligators, turtles, and numerous bird species. A lazy gator and a few turtles are usually visible on this stretch of bayou.
This is a level 1-2 due to a predicted ESE wind at 10 mph which will be intermittent due to the turns of the bayou, and of course this could change on the day of the paddle. Current weather prediction is 51 - 72 degrees and sunny, which means the paddle will likely be comfortable. Upon returning to the put-in at Bay Area Park, some may wish to take a break and then continue to paddle further, or meet up in the park area for lunch in the sheltered area. You might wish to bring a folding chair, but not necessary.
Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and snack if desired (or lunch if you choose), and of course your PFD..
Directions: Click the Map quest link for map. From Houston take I-45 south toward Galveston, exit on to Bay Area Blvd, take a left and travel 5.6 miles east to Bay Area Park.
Plan to arrive in the Park by 0930 so we can be on the water by 1000.
If you will be late, please call trip leader and advise. Same if you are not going to paddle.
Hazards: Stumps, alligators, heat, dehydration, snakes, mosquitoes, wasps, thunderstorms, alien life forms . . . .
| Trip Rating*
|| 1 or 2 depending on wind
| Ready to Launch at
|| 10 AM
| Duration (hours)
||2 + hours
| Paddling Miles
|| ~ 7 miles
| Emergency Initiator
| Emergency Phone #s
|| 713-477-1221, Pasadena Police
| Latest Expected Return
|| 12:30 PM
| Auto Description/Lic. #
||bronze Subaru forester, FGM4959
| Distance from Houston
|| Approx 28 miles