Located in League City, the Clear Creek Paddling Trail meanders 5.5 miles through Clear Creek. There are 3 launch sites at Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside, Walter Hall Park and Heritage Park. Paddlers will enjoy scenic views along their journey and may spot some of the wildlife that live in and around the creek, including wading birds, alligators, and deer. There are multiple parks along the trail where you can stop for a picnic to recharge before getting back on the trail.
Launching from Heritage Park, you’ll head west and paddle through wider sections of the creek. You’ll make your way beneath Highway 3, where you’ll encounter flocks of swallows flitting in and out of nests they’ve built on the underside of the bridge, and then float past what is quite possibly an alligator nesting area. Keep your eyes peeled for gators in this area. They often stay very still and can be hard to spot.
If you have your own kayak, you can launch from Countryside Park, you will paddle down a somewhat narrow portion of the creek, walled in tightly by dense trees, bushes, and grasses. It has a distinct bayou feel and is incredibly scenic and peaceful.
Launching from Walter Hall Park gives paddlers the option of heading west, taking them further into the creek and its walls of trees, or heading east and paddling toward Clear Lake. This direction also leads to Heritage Park, where you can get out and enjoy a picnic, visit the turtle pond, or just take a break before heading back.
Clear Creek Kayak Rentals provides guided trail tours and kayak rentals from the Heritage Park launch site on the weekends. Reservations are highly recommended.