March 2016 Buffalo Bayou Currents
photo by Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography

Lunch & Learn Open House
on March 2

Stop by our community open house Lunch & Learn that will highlight Buffalo Bayou Partnership programs and initiatives, as well as outdoor-related amenities for locals and visitors. Hotel ICON will sell boxes lunches for $9 and its signature rubber duckies!
Date: THIS Wednesday, March 2
Location: Hotel ICON Lobby (220 Main); Entrance on Congress
Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Parking: $5 valet parking (located on Congress Avenue, between Travis and Main Streets)
RSVP Today
Special Thanks to our Participating Organizations:
Bayou City Adventures
Bayou City Outdoors
Bike Barn
EarthShare of Texas
Get Out Here Houston
The Heritage Society
Jesse H. Jones Park &
     Nature Center
Katy Prairie Conservancy
Katz Coffee
Native Plant Society
     of Texas
The Wave


Start making plans for your spring break along Buffalo Bayou! We have lots of fun activities in store to properly kick off spring in Houston!

And while you're out and about, don't forget to follow Buffalo Bayou Partnership's social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and share the love this month! Your photo just might be featured on our accounts and two photos will be randomly selected at the end of March to win a special prize. Show us what you're up to by:
  1. Tagging your photos with #bbpspringbreak on Instagram, or
  2. Visiting the Lost Lake or Wortham Insurance Visitor Centers to fill out a short entry form.
Good luck and happy trails!

44th Annual BBP Regatta on March 12

photo by Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography
Don't forget to sign up for the 44th Annual BBP Regatta presented by Gillman Subaru! Online registration closes on Thursday, March 10 at 11:59 pm. Be part of this longstanding Houston tradition where over 500 participants paddle a 15-mile stretch along scenic Buffalo Bayou!

All are invited to our free finish line festivities in downtown's Sesquicentennial Park from 11 am to 2 pm. Enjoy live zydeco music, a rock climbing wall, lawn games, giveaways and more! Food and drink available for purchase.

Bike and Boat Rentals

Visitors can rent bicycles, kayaks and canoes from the visitor centers at Buffalo Bayou Park! Reservations can be made in-person or online.
  • Bicycle rentals from Bike Barn at the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street). Open Friday through Sunday, 8 am to sunset.
  • Paddle craft rentals from Bayou City Adventures at the Lost Lake Visitor Center (3422 Allen Parkway). Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 3 pm.

Food Trucks at Buffalo Bayou Park

Enjoy tasty meals and sweet treats from food trucks parked at the entry court of The Water Works (105 Sabine Street). Follow @buffalobayou to see what trucks are making an appearance on the weekends at Buffalo Bayou Park!

For the month of March, check out the following:
Churrasco Food Truck @ChurrascoTruck
Cousins Maine Lobster @CMLobsterHOU
Fat Cat Creamery @FatCatCreamery
Friohana Shave Ice @Friohana
Paw Paw's Goodies @PawPawsGoodies (for your furry friends!)
...and more!

Monthly Volunteer Day at Buffalo Bayou Park on March 19

Individuals and groups are invited to help keep Buffalo Bayou Park green and growing this spring! Bring your own gloves and BBP will provide any needed tools.

Monthly Volunteer Day
Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Parking: City Lot H (1643 Memorial Drive)
Check-In Location: Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street)

To sign up, please complete an online volunteer waiver with the event date 03/19/2016.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Have a larger group that wants to volunteer on March 19 or need more information about our volunteer program? Contact Sarah McIntire at or 713-752-0314 ext. 303.

Buffalo Bayou – from Mastodons to Marathons Walking Tour on March 19

photos by Emily Posten
Enjoy a free, one-hour walking tour presented by BBP and Katy Prairie Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou – from Mastodons to MarathonsLed by Texas Master Naturalists, the tour will highlight how the landscape and ecology of 19th century Texas created Houston, as well as the importance of prairies in rebuilding this astonishing and all but vanished ecosystem.
Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Check-In Location: Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street)
RSVPs are required; 25 person max
If you would like to attend this walking tour, please RSVP to Sylvana Loc at or 713-752-0314 ext. 104.

Second Saturday Boat Tour on March 26

Second Saturday Boat Tours are back during the months of March, April, May, September and October. These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family and friends. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along Buffalo Bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even an occasional alligator sunning on the banks.

Time: 10 am to 2 pm (Last tour departs at 1:30 pm)
Location: Boat launches from Sabine Promenade (150 Sabine Street)
Cost: $7 for adults/$5 for children (ages 4–12)
Cash only; payment taken when boarding.

Water levels and weather permitting. No reservations are taken for these tours. They are first come, first serve.

Buffalo Bend Nature Park in the East End is Now Open!

Video by envisualab
Visit this unique 10-acre park located near the Port of Houston Turning Basin that features wetland ponds, hike and bike trails, native plantings, interpretive signage and an overlook. Offering passive recreation and wildlife conservation, the site serves as a beautiful eastern trailhead along Buffalo Bayou. More information.
Buffalo Bayou Currents is a monthly e-newsletter produced by Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Upcoming Events

Vote Buffalo Bayou Park for Best City Park!

Buffalo Bayou Park is a contender for "Best City Park" in the latest USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest. Show your love and support by voting for Buffalo Bayou Park once a day; voting ends Monday, March 28th!
Vote Today

Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference

BBP President Anne Olson will be speaking at the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, taking place March 9-11. On March 10, Anne's discussion will highlight capital projects such as Buffalo Bayou Park, Sabine Promenade, Sesquicentennial Park, Allen’s Landing Park, hike and bike trails, public art, and programming.

Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation Conference

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will be holding the Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation conference on March 11. Following the conference, Anne Olson of BBP and Scott McCready of SWA will lead tours of Buffalo Bayou Park during What’s Out There Weekend Houston, March 12-13.

Bayou Bash

Tickets are now on sale for Bayou Bash, Bayou Buddies' biggest party of the year on Saturday, April 23! Enjoy crawfish, libations, a silent auction, live music and more at The Water Works! Learn more.

Get FiT in 2016

Want to shake up your workout routine? Then do a drop-in session with FiTMiX at Eleanor Tinsley Park for Bilingual Yoga on Wednesdays at 9 am and Zumba at 5:30 pm. For pricing and more information, please visit FiTMiX.

Boat Tours

See Houston from a whole new angle on BBP’s pontoon boat, Spirit of the Bayou! Take a private charter for 21 guests for $500 or check out our upcoming tours this spring and summer! Learn more.

Street Closures

Please be aware that access to Buffalo Bayou Park may be affected due to the following events:

March 5: Houston Area Women's Center Race Against Violence
March 6: AIDS Walk
March 12: John J Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run
March 19: Bayou City Classic
March 20: Tour de Houston

Buffalo Bayou Revealed

Get the download from Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu, and Tom Carter in Buffalo Bayou Revealed, a 12-part audio tour sharing facts about key destinations in the park, including The Water Works, Cistern, Johnny Steele Dog Park and more. Happy trails this winter!

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