Texas has thousands of tiny rivers and bayous waiting to be traversed! Bates M. Allen Park in Kendleton, TX is an nice little park with walking trails, picnic areas, fishing, and a boat launch.
Address: 630 Charlie Roberts Ln., Kendleton, Texas 77451 – (website)
- 45 minutes southwest from Houston
Price: Free admission; $55 for double kayak 24-hour rental
We braved some yucky Texas weather featuring 75 degrees Fahrenheit with 70-90% humidity. The occasional rain sprinkles helped keep us cool.
Review & Recommendations
We had a great time but I would recommend some changes:
- Wait for better weather (rain and boating rarely go hand-in-hand)
- Pick a more-visited kayaking/canoeing location to prevent being stopped by a dam (Lake Conroe, Lake Somerville, Cullinan Lake come to mind)
- Get water shoes so you don’t have to walk around river muck in basic sandals
Another key detail is to find a good partner for double kayaking. To make it without flipping or spinning in circles requires patience and teamwork.
After the kayak trip we gorged at Rudy’s Barbecue like we had been adrift in the ocean for weeks.
Thanks for reading. Now go and get out there!