|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Though much of the shoreline flanking this mellow, flat water paddle is still private property, Montgomery and Harris counties are working to acquire 12,000 acres alongside Spring Creek to ensure it’s preservation. This route provides an up-close preview.
Starting at the boat launch in the Old Riley Fuzzel Preserve, head upstream 0.5-miles to a sandbar area perfect for a family picnic. Turn downstream (east) after lunch for an easy cruise under Riley Fuzzel Road and into a set of sandbar-lined curves preceding Pundt Park. The take-out there is a great option for a shorter cruise, but this route continues southeast on the mellow waterway another 8.3 miles to a take-out at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. Watch for migratory birds, or the area’s most sought-after sighting: the small, brown Swainson’s warbler.
This one-way cruise requires a two-car shuttle, and it is necessary to file a float plan with Jesse H. Jones Park. Call (281) 446-8588 for information about filing—and to ensure the park gates remain open (5 p.m. in winter and 7 p.m. in summer) in case you’re late completing the 8-hour journey.
-Mapped by Melissa Stolasz