The weather in Houston was just gorgeous this past weekend so my friend Becky (aka CampingBuddyBecky) and I decided to check out Sheldon Lake State Park which is actually within the northeast city limits of Houston.
|The only State Park in Houston.|
Becky is the proud owner of a brand new kayak so our first stop was the boat ramp on the southwest corner of Sheldon Lake, which doubles as one of Houston's reservoirs,
|Becky in her new kayak with her $200 graphite paddle!|
We kayaked on the lake for about 90 minutes, I somehow managed to not have my kayak's seat set up correctly and had to paddle from almost a recline so back pain for me was the limiting time factor. Becky was ready to kayak for a much longer period.
|A pretty large blue heron amid the lakes bull rushes.|
After loading the kayaks back into the Tank we headed for the Park itself and did some Geo-caching (found three out of a possible four) and climbed the real attraction at the park, the 87 foot high observation tower.
|The solar powered observation tower, it even has an elevator!|
Urban legend said that on a clear day you could see downtown Houston from the top floor of the observation tower....
|A little hard to see in this photo but Downtown was visible!|
Here's a shot of Sheldon Lake from the top of the observation tower.
You may have noticed I didn't do a "Campground Review:" of the park because there is no overnight camping allowed there which is a little unusual for Texas State Parks but, there you go.
|Part of the Evironmental Learning Center - we found a Geo-cache there.|
Becky and I both came away from Sheldon Lake State Park impressed. It's very well kept, park employees are really friendly and helpful, and after being there for a while you forget you're still in Houston and not at a more remote location. It's a great day visit and the only thing that would make it better would be if you could camp there.
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