Kayaking in Tomball

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The reason renting kayaks from Riva Row Boat House and paddling down Lake Woodlands makes for such an appealing family outing or team-building exercise has to do with simplicity. For one thing, the activity itself is simple to master; no experience is required to rent one of the boathouse's 22 tandem kayaks or 20 single kayaks of various lengths, since staff members are happy to demonstrate paddling techniques to rookies. The activity is also easy to get into because everything is provided for you, from paddles and lifejackets to the refills of the lake that must be flown in from water factories in Denmark weekly.

Often, people make visiting the boathouse part of a whole day in the area. They can follow their time on the lake with a picnic at Town Green Park or with a trolley ride over to The Woodlands Waterway, where restaurants and shopping await.

2101 Riva Row
The Woodlands,
TX
US

Established: 2003

Handicap Accessible: No

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Most popular offering: North Lake Conroe's kayak outfitter

Pro Tip: Fully enjoy the Sam Houston National Forest, paddling along its' shores and cycling on its' trails

Good for Kids: Yes

Q&A with the Operator and Owner

What makes your business stand out?

NLCPC is on the shores of Lake Conroe, with a kayak friendly beach.This means rock star parking for customer and kayaks ready for you upon arrival. Paddle and Pedal is a unique program which allows particiipants to really enjoy the forest.

What inspired you to start this business?

A personal recreational hobby glided to becoming a more serious one.Then, accumulating a "collection" of kayaks lent itself to a loaner program for family and friends,[and] then to a developing outfitting service.

What?s your favorite part about your job?

When [customers] return from their trip with a smile on their faces, and say they never realized how beautiful the Northside of Lake Conroe really is.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

The uniqueness of this paddling and pedaling combination. [It offers] natural beauty in the great outdoors [and a] great workout. [The] participant controls the extensiveness of the trip. Dry boxes and dry bags [are] includedwith package to protect paddlers personal items while on the water.

13988 Calvary Rd
Willis,
TX
US

Some of Marshall Hosea's earliest memories involve water lapping gently about the ankles of his oversized boots as he waded into a river or creek for some classic fly-fishing with his father and grandfather. What started as a childhood pastime became a lifelong passion, and Marshall began experimenting with all kinds of boats to enhance his fishing experience. He loved feeling close to nature and the water as he cast lines and baited hooks, and he found the kayak offered him the best experience. As a bonus, the paddle-driven craft left no trace upon the natural beauty he so loved.

Now, he teaches others the joy of kayaking and fishing as the owner and head guide of Texas Kayak Guide. He takes passengers down rivers and creeks, or skimming across bayous and bays, showing them raccoons hunting shellfish, osprey darting into the water to snatch fish, and porpoises swimming alongside the quiet craft. While on the water, he also teaches the finer points of fishing, including everything from how to spot a fish to changing one's tactics to match the seasonal behavior of one's prey.

11495 FM 830 Road
Willis,
TX
US

Bayou Shuttle Service transports runners, surfers, cyclists, and adventurers toting rented kayaks and canoes to nearby trails and beaches for guided tours and lessons or DIY excitement. Experienced guides lead history-packed kayak tours such as the Houston Skyline Tour, which floats past panoramic views of towering skyscrapers, or the Adventures Tour, which increases heart rates with rushing rapids and an elevation drop more thrilling than jumping down the laundry chute at grandma's house. During all-day surfing lessons, students hop aboard shuttles from downtown Houston to Surfside Beach, where instructors teach nascent surfers to stand up and surf the waves. Bayou Shuttle Service also offers overnight surf trips, where pupils can sit beside campfires under the stars and tell scary stories about crab ghosts.

110 Sabine Street
Houston,
TX
US

Bayou City Outdoors' hundreds of members didn't join just for the myriad events, though it would be understandable if they did. The site's events calendar buckles under the weight of a packed schedule, with activities from bike rides and kayaking trips to art gallery openings and nights of dancing. But the outings are only the beginning of the member perks. The team at Bayou City plug their members into a buddy system that puts enthusiasts in touch with other members. Buddies can share outdoor gear with each other, or meet up for group outings. Members also get opportunities to learn about cutting-edge equipment through free demos, and enjoy discounts at outdoors-oriented local stores like REI and Urban Bike Gallery.

7435 Haywood Drive
Houston,
TX
US

In its earliest incarnations, stand-up paddleboarding wasn't a sport. It was just something surfers in Hawaii did to reach far-away waves or cross huge hotel bathtubs. Over time, the practice evolved into an activity in its own right, and one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world. The team at Island Paddle is fully on top of the trend, hosting 5K SUP races. Of course, man cannot live on stand-up paddle-boards alone, so the team outfits folks with all manner of self-propelled aquatic vehicles, including kayaks. They even have the water crafts delivered so patrons can row their boards on whichever waves they like.

2429 BISSONNET ST STE 17
Houston,
TX
US