KAYAK RENTALS FOR SELF GUIDED, GUIDED, HOURLY, AND GROUP RENTALS
You can choose to kayak for an hour or more on Taylor lake, or you can choose from a variety of self guided tours. We do not have fishing kayaks and we do not allow fishing from any of our craft. If you are looking for a casual laid back tour of the bayou with a group, you may want to check out the guided tour section. Regardless of which journey you wish to take, we are sure you will enjoy your experience with us. Cut off times for Self Guided Tours are at 2:00 pm and hourly rental cut off times are 4:00 pm. You should make enough time to be able to be back before we close at 6:00 pm.
Check out our different rental options below.
Self Guided Kayak Tours
PLEASE NOTE:Please keep in mind that you may not transport the kayaks yourself or fish from them. We will transport you and the kayaks to one of our designated drop off locations. If you have a larger group of people than what we can transport with our vehicles, you will have to carpool to the drop off locations. The only locations you may carpool to are Bay Area Park, and Big Island Slough. If you are doing the Nature Lovers Tour you will follow us to the location. Our other locations do not have available parking.
All of our self guided kayak tours will start at our office location at 4106 Nasa Parkway, to fill out paperwork. This includes trips that are reserved online, unless previously agreed upon by the management.
|Trip Name / Time||Single / Tandem (2 person)|
|Nature Lovers Tour 3 hrs||$52 / $62 Open|
|Bay Area Park 3 hrs||$40 / $50 Open|
|Big Island Slough 3.5 hrs||$45 / $55 Open|
|Horsepen Bayou 2.5 hrs||$40 / $50 Closed|
|Horsepen Bayou UHCL 3 hrs||$45 / $55 Closed|
|Spring Gulley 5/6 hrs||$50 / $60 Closed|
Please stay on the path that you have chosen, and please keep within your estimated time frames.
$12 Pick Up Fee.You will be charged an addition $12 fee per kayak if we have to come and pick you up on a route that is intended to finish at our docks. Please keep this in mind when determining which trip you want to take.
Maps and details for each individual trip can be seen below. Or, if you already know what you want to do, you can make a reservation now!
PLEASE NOTE:We do not take reservations over the phone or through voicemail. You must use our online reservation system. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance or more.
Our Armand Bayou self guided kayaking tours consist of several options for you to get back to nature and relax. We have several paths to choose from. After choosing a path at our office location you will be taken to the drop off point, and then you will paddle your kayak back to Pinky’s Kayak Rentals docks. If you have made a paid reservation for a specific paddling trail you will still meet us at our office location to fill out the appropriate paperwork before heading to your drop off location. Each one of our paddling trails offers you a unique perspective into the nature that lives and surrounds the Armand Bayou area. Our prices and estimated times are based on single or tandem (two) person kayaks at a relaxed pace with breaks along the way. Kayaks all have a weight limit and must be adhered to. Single kayaks have a weight capacity 300 pounds, and for a single/tandem version kayak there is a 350 pound capacity. The dedicated tandems have a capacity of 380 pounds. We do not allow any fishing from any of our craft. Please check our rules and restrictions before renting.
Nature Lovers Tour 4.82 miles or 7.76 kilometers
$52 for a single and $62 for a tandem. (price includes the $12 pickup fee)
We call this trip the Nature Lovers tour. One of the great things about this particular tour is that you don’t have to paddle all the way back to our docks and paddle on Clear Lake where there are sometimes boats. This tour starts off with a drop off at Bay Area Park. You can paddle either direction on the Bayou and choose to paddle through Horsepen, Spring Gully, Big Island Slough, or just through the wider section of Armand Bayou. We happen to prefer the Spring Gully area the most. If you want to go through the Spring Gully section you will paddle north under the bridge at Bay Area and head up the left channel to about paddle marker 25 where you will turn around and head back to Bay Area Park. This is a relaxing trip that allows you to spend a few hours in one of the most secluded sections of the bayou with the least influence from civilization. The wildlife varies depending on the time of year and day but it is not uncommon to see Alligators, various water birds, and other interesting life. After you return back to Bay Area Park you will call our office to be picked up. Detailed instructions for each direction will be given along with a map so you can feel comfortable along your route.
Bay Area Park. 4.25 miles or 6.8 kilometers
$40 for a single and $50 for a two person/tandem kayak.
The next map is our Bay Area Park to Pinky’s Kayak Trip. This trip is around 4.25 miles or 6.8 kilometers. We recommend preparing for around a 3 hour journey. This particular path sets you off from the Bay Area Park Boat launch. You will launch from the park and set on your path south past the Armand Bayou Nature Center, then into mud lake. When you cross under Clear Lake Bridge you will take a left and head towards Pinky’s Kayak Rentals.
Big Island Slough. 5.6 miles or 9 kilometers
$45 for a single and $55 for a two person/tandem kayak.
This next path is Big Island Slough to Pinky’s Kayak Rentals. This trip is around 5.6 miles or 9 kilometers. We recommend planning for a 3 1/2 hour journey. This path has you launch from the Big Island Slough Activity Center launch area. This path is a man made channel that ends up connecting to the end of the spring gully path and flows into the Armand Bayou Area. Its a nice path that is relatively straight in the beginning and wider than the spring gully path. It broadens out after passing Bay Area Park and into the Armand Bayou Nature Center area, and then widens even further as you make your way through Mud Lake into Clear Lake. When you pass the Clear Lake bridge just take a left and head towards Pinky’s Kayak Rentals.
Spring Gully. 7.5 miles or 12.1 kilometers
$50 for a single and $60 for a two person/tandem kayak.
This path is one of the longest. Due to the location of this drop off location we can only accommodate 2 tandems or 4 single kayaks. It gives you a variety of what the Armand Bayou Watershed system has to offer in our area. It is approximately 7.5 miles or 12.1 kilometers in length and you can prepare to paddle for around 5-6 hours. You will start off at our launch from Red Bluff RD and head towards Bay Area Park down this narrow serpentine path. It is one of the most scenic areas on our trips. It gives you the impression you are out in the middle of no where. You will pass by Bay Area Park on your way to the Armand Bayou Center area, then cross into Mud Lake and then into Clear Lake. After crossing into Clear Lake you will take a left and keep paddling to Pinky’s Kayak Rentals.
Horsepen Bayou. 4.5 miles or 7 kilometers
$40 for a single and $50 for a two person/tandem kayak.
This next map is our Horsepen Bayou trip. It starts you off at our drop off location at Horsepen Bayou and you will then paddle back down to Pinky’s Kayak Rentals. This path is around 4.5 miles or around 7 kilometers. We recommend preparing for around a 2 1/2 hour trip. This is a nice path that starts out kind of narrow and serpentine, then continues to spread out into a more open bayou and into mud lake. You then will cross under the clear lake bridge and take a left heading to Pinky’s Kayak Rentals.
Make sure to check out our policies before reserving.
Reservations are NOT required at Pinky’s Kayak Rentals as we generally operate on a first come first serve basis. But if you would like to reserve a kayak or kayaks for a specific date and time please feel free to make a reservation through our reservations page.
You will be given a waterproof trip map, and we will give you detailed instructions on how to get back to our docks at Pinky’s Kayak Rentals. Our phone number is also printed on the map. We suggest that you bring a phone with you and a ziplock bag or something to keep it dry. You can always call us if you get lost or need assistance. While you are in the bayou there are no motor boats allowed until you reach the middle section of mud lake. Boats will also be on Clear Lake. The rest of the bayou will have no motor boat traffic.
Guided Kayak Tours
|Single Kayak||Tandem Kayak|
We need a minimum of 5 kayaks per guided group. To reserve your morning guided tour please click the “Make Reservation” button.
Our Guided Kayak Tours are on Sunday mornings. The 3 hour morning guided tour launches at 9 am. You will meet us at Bay Area Park at 8:30 am to get your paperwork and orientation done so we can launch by 9 am. Bay Area Park is located at 7500 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX 77058. One of the great ways to view the surrounding ecosystem is with a morning guided kayak tour. The early bird gets the worm, and morning brings out a variety of wildlife. Our tour operators will guide you along a path you have selected and point out some of the key interests along the way. You may find a variety of wildlife, from birds, reptiles, insects, flora and fauna. If you are ready to book your tour, do it now while we still have availability.
The price for a morning guided kayaking tour is $80 for a tandem kayak rental and $75 for a single kayak rental. Price includes the kayaks, paddles, life jackets, orientation/tutorial, safety briefing, and an experienced guide. Nature is provided for free and sponsored by Mother Earth.
Our morning guided kayak tours are on Saturdays from around 9am until around noon. Please make sure to show up 30 minutes prior to launch so we can go over basic paddling skills and a brief overview of safety while on the water. We meet at bay area park where we will confirm your booking order and after our briefing will launch around 9:00 am. We will paddle along our route and will return to Bay Area Park around 12:00 pm.
Tandem kayaks have a weight limit of 380 pounds which includes the combined weight of both occupants, and any supplies or items they take with them. A single kayak can hold up to 375 pounds including any supplies that are brought for your journey.
Please read the terms and conditions on the booking page as well as our restrictions page regarding our rentals before you place an order. If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 713-510-7968
The bayou rests in a large migratory bird path. Many birds fly through this area throughout the year on their flight to other parts of the world. There are over 220 variety of birds that make their way in and out of the bayou and call it home. Some of the birds you might come across include, Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Great White Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, a variety of gulls, Bitterns, Green Herons, Little Blue Herons, Cormorants, Anhingas, various Hawks, Osprey, an occasional Bald Eagle, and the list goes on and on.
Some of the other wildlife you might see are our mammals who use this diverse ecosystem as their home and refuge. It may vary from day to day but you can see them along the banks drinking, feeding, or making their way across the bayou. Some of the mammals you might see along the shore line would be Deer, Marsh Rabbits, Raccoon, Opossum, Otters, Bobcats, Skunk, Ferrel Hog, and many others.
As far as reptiles go you might get a glimpse of some exciting residents along your path. There are plenty of turtles who inhabit the area and your guide will point them out when they see them. The most exciting reptile that people see are our American Alligators. Now not to worry, you guides are well versed on alligator behavior and will point them out and go over proper behavior and etiquette you should have around alligators when you encounter them. Their sizes range from babies all the way up to 10 to 12 feet in length. Some may say you will always see these on their tours but it isn’t a guarantee. Alligators sun themselves during nice days to increase their temperature because they are a cold blooded reptile that needs the sun to help regulate their body heat. It can also depend on certain weather conditions, the time of year, and their mating period.
Our tours offer the ability to see the Armand Bayou area from a unique perspective. You will see the bayou from an animals point of view on the surface of the water. Paddling down your path you will take in the sites and sounds of the natural surroundings of this peaceful and serene natural wonder without the noise of boats, and other distractions. Make your reservation for a guided tour today!
HOURLY KAYAK RATES ON TAYLOR LAKE:
|Kayak Type||1st Hr / Additional Hrs|
|Tandem Kayak||$30 / $15|
|Single Kayak||$25 / $10|
Hourly RentalsHourly rentals only go from our dock into Taylor Lake. We do not allow people to pick up kayaks and take them.
Group Kayak Rates for Taylor Lake
Our group kayak rates are for Taylor Lake only. If you are looking to rent 6 or more single or tandem kayaks we have group prices. Rent for two hours and get an additional hour for free.
|Single Kayak 3hrs|
|Tandem Kayak 3hrs |
Our group rentals are for Taylor Lake only. Reservations can be made and are preferred so we can be prepared. Walk ups are welcome but will rely on a first come first serve basis.
Group Kayak Reservation