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 paddle unless it is windy, and that is usually sporadic due to the turns of the bayou. This will be a casual paddle. 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 at a nearby restaurant for lunch.
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. Turn right to enter the park. Make right turn by ball fields and go straight, crossing the exit road into a small parking lot by the duck pond and boat launch. Watch for traffic on the exit road.
Plan to arrive in the Park by 0900 so we can be on the water by 0930.
Hazards: Stumps, alligators, heat, dehydration, snakes, mosquitoes, wasps, thunderstorms, alien life forms, and
arriving late for the put-in and expecting forgiveness. (Some of these are not serious--you guess which)
| Trip Rating*
|| 1 or 2 depending on wind
| Ready to Launch at
|| 9:30 AM
| Duration (hours)
||2.5 + hours
| Paddling Miles
|| ~ 7 miles
| Emergency Initiator
| Emergency Phone #s
|| 713-477-1221, Pasadena Police
| Latest Expected Return
|| 2:00 PM
| Auto Description/Lic #
||Red Subaru Outback - BCX5482
| Distance from Houston
|| Approx 28 miles
* Trip ratings are only a guide. Actual conditions will vary with wind and other weather.
This is an ACA sanctioned event. All participants in ACA-insured activities must wear properly-fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets (Personal Flotation Devices, or PFDs) at all times during on-water activities. Non-HASK participants must sign a waiver.
Waivers - Please complete our easy to use online waiver if you are a HASK member who has not signed a waiver within the last 12 months or a non- HASK participant. Read the waiver carefully. You give up substantial rights when you sign it.
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- Select a link below to complete the online waiver.
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- Respond to the “Confirm your E-Signature” email from ACA / HASK to confirm your email address. Wavier is now complete and valid.
- You will receive a confirmation email. Please download and print a copy of the waiver and bring it to the trip put-in.
Guests – You are welcome to join us for a couple of paddle trips. HASK will cover the $5 ACA event membership for non-ACA members. Hopefully you will then join HASK and continue paddling with us.