Highland Bayou drains into Jones Bay, but we will paddle upstream for 3-4 miles and back. There is a side bayou difficult to see if you do not know where to look that goes for a short distance and we will explore that one too.
Directions: Exit the Gulf Freeway at Exit 10/Highway 519. From the southbound feeder, go right (West) at 519, but don't take the second curve to the right on 519 - proceed straight ahead to the T-intersection, where a brown park sign, to Highland Bayou and Mahan Park, directs you to turn left. This is Lake Road. You will go through a cut in the flood control levee, and then make the next right turn on to Woodland Road (there's a brown sign here to Mahan Park). A quarter mile or so down Woodland Road, you will see Mahan Park on your left. Go past the ball fields, less than a quarter mile total distance to the gravel turnaround parking lot that you can see when you clear the ball fields. There is a bathroom not too far after you enter the park near the ball fields. The boat ramp is at the end of the gravel turnaround. Unload, and move your vehicle so boat trailers have plenty of turnaround space from the lot.
Put-in lat - lon: 29°20'55.17"N, 94°58'59.94"W
Hazards -- Sunburn, dehydration, thunderstorms, Most importantly, bring plenty of water , sun protection and snacks.
|Ready to Launch at
|Emergency Initiator (Level 3 & 4)
|Emergency Phone #s
||Galveston Coast Guard 409-766-5633
Galveston Sheriff 409-766-2322
|Latest Expected Return
|Auto Description/Lic #
||Red Subaru Outback BCX 5482
|Distance from Houston
* Trip ratings are only a guide. Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather.
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