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Paddle Trips

Deer Creek

Located in the following county: Harris

This is a small remnant creek that flows through LaPorte Texas on its way to Galveston Bay. Sea Breeze Park is a charming park created along the shoreline of Galveston Bay. It also happens to have the mouth of Deer Creek along its northern boundary. The park has a nice fishing pier and has a great view out into the bay. The creek itself still has some measure of wildness along it with occasional large oaks and other relict native vegetation. It has potential and is one of only a handful of original streams still flowing into Galveston Bay.

Number of paddle segments described for this area: 1

Segment 1: Sea Breeze Park

Key Map page 580 D.
Length: 1/2 mile total floatable area.

Sea Breeze Park is right on Galveston Bay at the end of Oakgrove Street. After entering the park look to the left to see where the stream is located. It has a place that is suitable to put in a canoe or kayak located at about halfway between the entrance and the bay. Down from a picnic table is an opening that has a few concrete rocks that make for a slightly steep but ample launching point. The stream is floatable up to about East E Street and can be paddled out to the bay. Please exercise caution and good judgment concerning the conditions at the mouth of the creek.

Hester's Gully

Located in the following county: Harris

The site of an environmental holocaust is now the site of an environmental victory! In the late 1990's, Hester's Gully was cleared, deforested, and channelized. Several large Bald Cypress trees were lost and some wetland acreage was destroyed. In the 21st century this is now a place to view planted Bald Cypress, hardwoods, and recovered wetlands. The old City of Seabrook nursery has been turned into Hester Garden Park and a hike and bike trail connects the park to other public land areas.

Number of paddle segments described for this area: 1

Segment 1: Hesters Garden Park

Key Map 620 L 
Length: ½ mile total floatable area

Hester Garden Park can be found off of Todville Rd .in Seabrook Texas. The area around the Todville Rd. bridge is too steep to use for a put in site. But inside the park along the trail is a small dock/observation deck that is suitable for a launch. The gully can be traveled upstream for a short distance before the cattails make further passage impossible. Downstream of the dock the waterway can be paddled out to the mouth at the bay. Just go under Todville Road, go to the left of the pier, and pass some very interesting homes.

Little Cedar Bayou

Located in the following county: Harris

La Porte's almost unknown asset, Little Cedar Bayou Park, features interesting trails, boardwalks, and views of Galveston Bay. Many people can identify with Sylvan Beach Park, three quarters of a mile north. But few people know of the wooded splendor in Little Cedar Bayou Park. Excellent parking and good bayou access.

Number of paddle segments described for this area: 1

Segment 1: Little Cedar Bayou Park

KeyMap Locations: 580G, 580F
Length: 1 mile

Put in at the Old Hwy 146 Bridge or at the boardwalk inside the park. Canoeing upstream is possible for a half a mile or so. The main attraction is certainly canoeing downstream to the mouth of the creek at Galveston Bay. This is one of the few areas in the Houston area that one can so easily see a bayou run to the sea. Swells from the bay can be unexpected and dangerous. Exercise extreme caution at the mouth of the creek. Canoeing on Galveston Bay here is probably not a good idea. A sea kayak would be more appropriate. Click here for a street map showing how to get to Little Cedar Bayou Park (the bayou itself is not depicted, unfortunately).

Pine Gully

Located in the following county: Harris

The view of Pine Gully looking downstream from the Todville Rd. Bridge is almost one of a primordial stream making its way to the sea. The sinuous waterway has a fairly intact canopy and fringing wetlands leading out to the bay. The area upstream of Todville Rd. is a semi-wild area that has scattered trees and shrubs along the water but has thick woods adjacent to each side. This part of the stream has progressively become more and more wild each year and it has a huge potential for restoration.

Number of paddle segments described for this area: 1

Segment 1: Pine Gully Park

Key Map locations 620 D,  621 A. 
Length: 1.5 miles total floatable area. 

Pine Gully is at the northeastern end of the City of Seabrook off of Todville Rd. Park your vehicle at the southwest corner of the Todville Rd. Bridge along the shoulder. Be careful not to park on the granite gravel hike and bike trail. You can access the gully either from alongside the bridge or from a small footpath slightly upstream of the bridge. 
Pass under the bridge and let the slow blackwater take you downstream.

Mullet and other fish will jump out of the water along your path. The land along the north side of the gully is parkland and a historical cemetery. Pine Gully Park has preserved a large amount of maritime woods and coastal wetlands. It has a small tributary flowing into it on the north side that has the hike and bike trail crossing it. The land along the south bank is a collection of privately owned residential lots but it has retained a large amount of the tree canopy and habitat as well. The channel can be paddled out to the mouth at Galveston Bay. Please exercise caution and do not paddle the bay areas when conditions are rough. The shoreline along the bay here is comprised of concrete rip-rap and can present hazards.

The Gully can be paddled for about a mile or so upstream of the Todville Rd. Bridge as well. Conditions are somewhat ditch-like but a few areas have trees and woods coming down to the water. Deer and other wildlife still inhabit the natural areas and may grace your presence. The hike and bike trail adjacent to the Gully lead to other parks and are also a great way to explore the area. Close to the launch site is a marquis marking the path of the old railroad line that ran along Galveston Bay from Houston to Galveston.

Seabrook Slough

Located in the following county: Harris

The Seabrook Slough is actually a secondary bay system. It has upper and lower sections that are bisected by 2ND Street and connected only by culverts. It is probably one of the best areas in our area to view brackish wetlands and the creatures that inhabit them. This southeast corner of Harris County is the most ocean-like part of the county and it resembles areas farther south in Galveston. A few parks line the upper and lower parts of the slough. A few structures have been removed along part of the lower slough and some of the land serves as green space. The City of Seabrook has done a great job in trying to preserve green space and has even connected most of the parks and wild areas together with a hike and bike trail system.

Number of paddle segments described for this area: 2

Segment 1 Launch Site GPS - N29° 33.614, W95°01.217
Segment 2 Launch Site GPS - N29° 33.576, W95° 01.206

Segment 1: Upper Seabrook Slough

Key Map location: 620 Q. 
Length: 1 ½ miles round trip.

Bayside Park along 2nd Street is the best base for excursions into the slough. Rows of maturing Date Palms and a Victorian Gazebo give this park charming touches. Although the upper and lower sections of the slough are connected by culverts, they must be accessed from one side of the street or the other. On the north side of 2nd Street close to the gazebo is a small rocky area along the water to launch from. It is similar to areas of nearby Armand Bayou and still has hardwoods along parts of the shoreline. A lot of this is open water but fringing wetland areas can be observed in several locations. If you paddle to your far left you will be in a small cove. Paddle up the slough and it becomes wilder. Closer to Hester Street it has a wild shore with trees and shrubs coming all the way down to the water. Hester Street can be portaged over and the slough can be paddled up to Hammer Street. The area here along the western shore of the slough is part of the Miramar Park Disc Golf Course.

Hugging the eastern shore of the slough can be fun for the return trip to Bayside Park. Even though beach house style development lines this side of the slough, many areas of the shoreline are blanketed in wetland plants like Smooth Cordgrass (Spartina alternifolia). These are important nursery areas for juvenile shrimp, fish and other creatures of the Gulf of Mexico. The gazebo gets larger and larger as you approach the shoreline.

Segment 2: Lower Seabrook Slough

Key Map locations: 620 Q, P, T, U.
Length: 1 mile round trip.

On the south side of 2nd Street at the middle of the bulkhead is a small concrete dock for fishing or docking a small watercraft. It makes for an easy launch site for a canoe or kayak. The lower slough is wider and is directly connected to Galveston Bay. One of the first things you will notice on the trip is how big the Hwy.146 Bridge over Clear Creek appears above the horizon. Close to Hwy. 146 are some large groups of wetland plants that can be paddled close to. Try not to bother any wading birds as you enjoy the treasures of the slough. Sea Oxeye Daisy (Borrichia frutescens), Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) and other bayside wildflowers can be found in many spots along the slough. Retama trees (Parkinsonia aculeata), with their yellow blooms are numerous and they give the lower slough a more "South Texas" look and feel.

As you move farther south into the slough you might see a few wade fishermen out in the water. You will also start to feel small swells coming up from Galveston Bay lapping at your boat. The inlet to the bay cannot be crossed under but of course the wildlife can pass back and forth. On the north side of the inlet at the Bath Street Bridge is a popular fishing spot. It can also be used for a put-in or take out and it has ok parking and a trash can. Pull your boat onshore and walk across the street to "Point Cove" to see Galveston Bay. On a hot day, the very small beach may beckon you to take a dip. Return to your watercraft when ready and paddle back to Bayside Park.