Sunday, June 19, 2011

Every desert needs an oasis

The ongoing drought in Texas has made finding places to paddle more challenging than it would have been in wetter years. For that reason, having an appealing destination quite close to home is a special treat.  Sheldon Lake is located just outside the beltway on the northeastern side of Houston.  By virtue of levees and a dam, Carpenter's Bayou is convinced to spread out over about 800 acres.

While its neighborhood is a bit on the industrial side, once you cross the levee you're in an urban oasis full of scattered cypress trees, lily pads,  and countless herons, egrets and other water birds.  I highly recommend it for Houston natives that want to paddle (or fish) for a few hours without having to travel too far from home.

More Pictures from Sheldon Lake

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