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Houston, TX: Spring Creek Paddle

Preview the Spring Creek Greenway–and pull up for a sandbar picnic–on this 12-mile paddle that cruises a lazy creek between newly protected shorelines of Montgomery and Harris county parks.

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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

To Trailhead

From Houston, drive 20 miles north on I-45 to exit 70A. Follow the frontage road 0.6 miles, turn right on Louetta Rd. Drive 1.5 miles, turn left and drive 0.9 miles on Aldine Westfield Rd. Turn right onto Riley Fuzzel Rd. In 1.2 miles turn left onto Old Riley Fuzzel Rd. 0.4 miles to the preserve.

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