The Armand Bayou Paddling Trail follows Armand Bayou from near its confluence with Clear Lake, upstream through the Armand Bayou Nature Center to Horsepen Bayou, where alligators in excess of 10 feet are commonly seen. Much of the area is part of the Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
More than 220 species of birds are found in the area, including osprey, roseate spoonbills, various egrets, herons and pelicans. The preserve offers a stunning glimpse into two increasingly rare ecosystems – a riparian coastal flatwoods forest and a coastal tall grass prairie.
Experience the Clear Lake area, Jarboe Bayou and the Nature Reserve of Clear Lake Shores. The tour consist of a trip across the lake, and then a turn to starboard for a great kayak and canoe trip to visit the wildlife of the area. The four-mile trip is a great way to visit and get the feeling of the natural elements of the area.
The paddling trail is a great way to relax and get away from it all. The bayou is superb in its privacy, and the shallow waters keep the other boaters out. So come visit the birds, turtles and other wildlife of Southwest Texas.