Green's Bayou


Description: .Green's Bayou is another of our paddleable city bayous. It forms a part of the city of Houston's easternmost limits, east of the 610 loop, and is easily accessible.

Like many of Houston's bayous, the flow rate here is normally very slow, so the trip described is an "out and back" trip. From the putin, paddle upstream to the Wallisville road crossing, and then head back downstream to the park from which you started. This is approximately 4 miles up and 4 miles back for a total round trip distance of 8 miles.

A lot of the trip is through private backyards, but there are natural areas where young cypress trees are growing. Much larger older trees stand as bare skeletons and possibly serve as woodpecker nesting sites. They are riddled with holes. Higher elevations along the banks are covered with pine trees. This is a nice trip for as long or short a time as you have for a local paddle. Upper reaches are worthy of more exploration, but their accessibility and physical attributes are not known to this writer.

You will see many aquatic birds along Green's Bayou. Kingfishers, great egrets, snowy egrets, and great blue herons frequent its banks.

Directions:   From the Uvalde exit of I-10 (east of downtown Houston), head west of the feeder road to Westmont Street. Turn right (north) there and follow Westmont about .5 mile through this neighborhood. Greens Bayou park will be on your left: turn in there to park and put your boat in the water.