Welcome to the Kayaking in Houston meetup group. Below really tells who we are:
It's very simple. We are a bunch of paddle enthusiasts from all over Harris County. We are constantly doing trips and events that everyone is invited too. Beginners to Advanced skill levels plus everyone in between.
Some of our flatwater recreational paddles are family friendly ( i.e. 4 miles or less) Occasionally there is a picnic associated with our family friendly flatwater paddles but if not; we usually go some place to eat after we paddle. Picnics are more prevalent in the warmer months and going to eat out when it is colder.
Most of our other flatwater paddles are about 6 miles (3 hrs.) long. Sometime 16 year olds can do this paddle but a lot of time they can not make it. People 18 years and above are usually in better physical shape to make paddles of this length.
1) Novice/Beginner Flatwater: Paddles of 4 miles or less. Most of the time you can have any type of water craft on the paddles. Alligators is usually the limiting factor. These paddles have (Tentative - Novice/Flash Paddle) in the title.
2)Intermediate Flatwater: Paddles: about 6 miles long. Most of the time water craft restriction or no tandem paddlers and no inflatables. These paddles have (Tentative - Flash Paddle) in the title.
3)Advanced Flatwater Paddles of 10 miles are more, require you to be in good physical shape. Although on these longer paddles we usually take a 15 min. snack/rest break at about 5 miles into the paddle. This allows time for people less physically fit to recuperate and finish the paddle without being towed to the takeout point by someone. Our overnight island camping and overnight river camping trips require you to be at least 18 years old. These paddles have (Tentative - Advanced/Flash Paddle) in the title.
4) Overnight Flatwater Paddles: much like 3 above but we will be camping overnight. Our overnight island camping and overnight river camping trips require you to be at least 21 years old. These paddles have (Tentative - Camping/Flash Paddle) in the title.
Another flatwater paddle we do is concerts on the water at Cynthia Woods Mitchell pavilion in the Woodlands. Although they are "family friendly" there is adult beverages consumed and adult innuendos said but vulgarity is frowned upon. These type of paddles only happen on a Saturday night when a "good" band is playing. Any other night there is not enough attendance to justify holding one of these meetups.
Sponsored river/bayou cleanups are controlled by the sponsors. We just let them post notifications on this meetup as a community service.
Because of the greater difficulty Swiftwater/Whitewater trips require you to be a PAC MEMBER and take training before you can go on these type of paddles. For more information on becoming a PAC Member or to take paddling/rescue training talk to Janet @ 713-538-7433
You will make Great Friends Here!!! We are like family!!!
As well as kayaking, we all get together for outings, events, socials, and dinner/happy hour.
Note1: We are working with one of our sponsors (Bayou City Adventures 713-538-7433) to have a few kayak rentals delivered to some of our flatwater paddles at a discount if the kayaks are pre-rented.
Note2: (Tentative - Flash Paddle) Tentative = work in progress; not finished ( i.e. conditions/scope of paddle could change) . Flash Paddle = looking at the weather conditions before making a final commitment to paddle.
Note3: If the paddle is full and you are Wait Listed there is a good chance you will be added to the GO List. So sign up, especially if you are a PAC Member. But sometimes the paddle is "full" and there is not enough room for another person. An example is when there is only so many parking spaces at the launch or takeout available and they are all taken. So there is no room.
Note4: No Shows on previous paddles are No Goes. To get off of the No Show List; You have to participate in a Bayou/River cleanup. Then you will be eligible to go on future paddles if there is room.
Currently we do mostly recreational paddling. We are working on camping and whitewater paddles.