Buffalo Bayou

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Fast Facts

  • Drainage Area: 102 Sq. Miles
  • Open Stream Miles: 106 Miles
  • Route Short Description: Starts just west of Katy, Texas and winds its way through Katy and West Houston towards Downtown Houston.
  • Primary Streams: Buffalo Bayou

The Buffalo Bayou watershed is primarily located in west-central Harris County with a small portion crossing into Fort Bend County. Buffalo Bayou travels through heavily wooded residential areas and much of the bayou remains in a natural state. Near downtown Houston, White Oak Bayou flows into Buffalo Bayou.  Lower Buffalo Bayou consists of the portion that runs east of Shepherd Drive and includes 10-square miles of the bayou corridor. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has designated a 26-mile stretch along Buffalo Bayou an official paddling trail in Texas, which was the first paddling trail in Houston. Canoers and kayakers can take pleasure in the natural scenery, birds, turtles, fish and other wildlife from Highway 6 in west Houston to downtown’s doorstep - all while knowing they are in the midst of Houston. Paddlers can then enjoy the beautifully distinct view of Downtown Houston from the bayou and emerge at Allen’s Landing Park.

A project of Harris County Flood Control District, The Memorial Park Demonstration Project (MPDP) is a stream restoration initiative created to address the severe erosion of a section of Buffalo Bayou that flows adjacent to Memorial Park and the River Oaks Country Club, west of Shepherd Drive and east of West Loop 610. 

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