Sailing, windsurfing, and parasailing! Try a relaxing dinner cruise, a sunset sail with dinner provided, or a romantic boat and breakfast. Enjoy the thrill of a speedboat ride or the freedom of a personal watercraft excursion. Experience the relaxing rhythm of rowing on the calm waters, or let a tour guide treat you to the many sparkling vistas of the lake and bay. Don’t know how to sail? Take lessons from one of the many Coast Guard-certified charter captains on the lake.
Clear Creek is a favorite with for water skiers and casual boaters. You can access the creek by utilizing the city boat ramp under the FM 270 bridge. A paddle trail also provides a convenient way to explore Clear Creek. The trail combine one county park with two city parks and one city boat ramp location to make four landing points along the paddle trail: Walter Hall Park, Countryside Park, Heritage Park, and FM 270 Boat Ramp.
Clear Lake is a brackish lake that empties into Galveston Bay. It is part of the Clear Lake Watershed. Clear Lake has calm waters surrounded by residential and commercial establishments. Jet skies and kayaks abound, as well as many leisure boats. Boaters can access Galveston Bay directly from Clear Lake and then travel south to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico
For a list of boat rental, charter services, sailing, dinner cruises and other water activities log in to Bay Area Houston.
The Galveston Bay system consists of four main sub-bays: Galveston Bay proper (upper and lower), Trinity Bay, East Bay, and West Bay. More information about the bay includes:
- The Bay is fed by the Trinity River and the San Jacinto River, numerous local bayous and incoming tides from the Gulf of Mexico. Many smaller bays and lakes are connected to the main system such as:
- Ash Lake
- Black Duck Bay
- Christmas Bay
- Clear Lake
- Dickinson Bay
- Moses Lake
- San Jacinto Bay
- The bay covers approximately 600 square miles (1,500 square kilometers), and is 30 miles (50 kilometers) long and 17 miles (27 kilometers) wide. Galveston Bay is on average 7 to 9 feet (3 meters) deep.
- The bay has three inlets at the Gulf of Mexico: Bolivar Roads (the exit of the Houston Ship Channel) between Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula, San Luis Pass to the West, and Rollover Pass to the East. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, a navigable waterway consisting of natural islands and man-made canals along the Gulf Coast, runs between the Bay and the Gulf. It effectively marks the boundary between the two.
This unique and complex mixing of waters from different sources provides nursery and spawning grounds for many types of marine life including crabs, shrimp, oysters, and many varieties of fish thereby supporting a substantial fishing industry. The deeper navigation channels of the bay provide suitable habitats for bottle-nose dolphins, which feed on the abundant fish varieties. Additionally the system of bayous, rivers, and marshes that ring the bay support their own ecosystems allowing for diverse wildlife and enabling freshwater farming of crayfish.
It produces more seafood than any bay in the nation except the Chesapeake Clear Lake.