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Cypress Creek in Texas

Trip Overview

This is a great place for first time kayakers. Mercer Arboretum is the starting spot I choose. You register in their office and advise them of the time you are putting in and where you plane to get out.

The creek flows well and plenty of wildlife to see. Beavers,deer and in the spring and summer months, snakes and turtles. There are beautiful cranes and other birds greeting you to their hid-a-ways. I have seen kingfishers and plenty of ducks. I have been on trips when you can see fish splashing around you so you don't forget that this is their home also. I have gone the distance to Spring Creek which also flows in the San Jacinto River. But I suggest getting out of the water at Cypress Road. That will make the trip enjoyable for the small kids and new kayakers. The trip will only take about 2-4 hours. If you go all the way to San Jac then plan on 5-6 hours. The whole trip is very enjoyable and educational.

We have had many really bad floods in this area. As with all creeks.. Do not kayak after heavy rains.

Accommodations:

Plenty of Hotels and Motels in the Spring Texas area since it is close the Houston Intercontinental Airport. The auboretum offers you a chance to see the type of plants and animals you might see. Jesse Jones Park (located off FM1960 near Hwy 59) also offers outdoor lovers a chance to understand the area's history.

Fees:

None. I do advise first time users to register with Mercer Arboretum.

Directions:

Travel north of Houston on I-45 look for the FM1960 exit and travel east until you reach Aldine Westfield Rd. Trvl north until you see the Mercer Arboretum on your right.

Launches:

Put-in at Mercer Auboretum and take-out at Cypress Road for beginners or take out at Hwy 59 in Kingwood if you have the time and really love adventures.

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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