For years, the cherished Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta has been the perfect answer to Newstonians' and naysayers complaints that our fair city doesn't offer enough local water activities. Indeed, the regatta is the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas — how's that for Lone Star State scoreboard?
Now, the beloved race is back — with a bit of a twist — for the event on Saturday, March 11. New for this year, the 51st Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta will start start and end at Allen’s Landing (1001 Commerce St.).
After casting off at Allen’s Landing, all participants will paddle east and then navigate the turnaround point at Wayside Drive. Then, participants will paddle west to the Allen’s Landing finish line.
This new race route pivot is due to unforeseen lack of access to the usual starting point, according to a Buffalo Bayou Partnership press announcement.
As always, the regatta is open to participants aged 12 and older, who'll compete in the solo, tandem, or unlimited boating categories. Those just looking for an easy day on the water can paddle for fun along the 8.5 mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou.
Here's a quick rundown of the four race start times (all of which are in-water):
- 9 am: Non-competitive and day-of registrants
- 9:10 am: Tandem kayaks and solo kayaks
- 9:20 am: Team sponsors and tandem canoes
- 9:30 am: Performance Unlimited and Solo Unlimited
The annual event is also a favorite for spectators who line the bayou to cheer paddlers along the race route. The finish line festivities always promise food, drink, and plenty of activities — courtesy of myriad local businesses and sponsors — along with the popular awards ceremony.
Registration for the race is still open. Online registration closes on Thursday, March 9 for $55 per paddler. Day-of registration (March 11) jumps to $60. Discounts are available for BBP members, military, and students (with valid ID).
Importantly, registration does not include kayak or canoe rental. Safety equipment is recommended. Sponsorships are also still available, per BBP. Entry includes a T-shirt and lunch (while supplies last).
A free shuttle service (please, no boats) will be available from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm to take paddlers from the finish line at Allen’s Landing back to the start area, per BBP.
Those ready to paddle for a prize — or a for weekend watery fun should suit up, grab that GoPro, and plan to arrive early for this truly Bayou City bash that celebrates Houston's most significant natural waterway.
The 51st Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta runs from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday, March 11. Event starts and ends at Allen’s Landing (1001 Commerce St.). For registration, sponsorships, and more information, visit the official race site. $55-$60.