Canoe and Kayak

PrintDon’t miss the inaugural Greens Bayou Regatta on June 4, 2016! The 7.5 mile course will begin at Brock Park and end at Thomas Bell Foster Park. For more information and to register go to our regatta website.


Photo by Grady Hicks


Canoe and kayak enthusiasts, both novices and seasoned veterans, will enjoy paddling the waters of Greens Bayou year-round. The very natural section of the bayou’s South Reach is the favored destination. From Greens Bayou Park or Thomas Bell Foster Park, both great spots for put in/take out, outdoor types can choose to paddle approximately four or 10 miles upstream. At the four-mile point lies an island that makes a fun (and welcome) picnic spot. You may even see the resident pair of bald eagles that nest just north of the Normandy street bridge.

The bayou is especially enchanting during the winter months as the bare trees reach towards the water’s surface. Throughout the year, birds and waterfowl, such as kingfishers, egrets and herons, can be spotted from the serenity of a canoe or kayak.

Under normal conditions, the bayou’s current is minimal and even beginners should be comfortable with a short excursion on the water.

The 6.5 acre Thomas Bell Foster Park at 12895 Greens Bayou Drive is owned by the Houston Parks Board and is being developed by Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition. Through the investment of donations and volunteer time a launch was constructed in the spring of 2013. Because the park is not yet owned by a public entity the gate is locked but the combination can be obtained by contacting Coalition staff. For those who don’t have their own gear and would like a guided tour of Greens Bayou contact Bayou City Adventures and ask about their weekend Greens Bayou Eagle Tour.

A Paddle Trail Master Plan completed in partnership with National Park Service in early 2015 is now in the hands of a volunteer implementation committee. A total of 27.5 miles of paddling with 10 access point is planned. The committee is planning the first Greens Bayou Regatta to take place in the summer of 2016.

And for school and student organization contact us about our “Kayakying for Kids” program. The program provides an outfitter, equipment and guides for student groups to experience kayaking. We partner with area urban biologists and naturalists who provide an educational program as part of the kayaking trip.

 Paddle Trail Executive Summary

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