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50 Years of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta

Houston’s Longstanding Tradition Continues

From the Reeking Regatta to the present-day Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta, Texas’s largest canoe and kayak race is still going strong.

“The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is truly a rite of spring in our city,” said Anne Olson, Buffalo Bayou Partnership President. “As one of our organization’s signature events, it brings people to the bayou, not just to paddle, but to watch the race and take part in the event’s after party. It also provides much-needed support for BBP’s many projects and initiatives.”

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta presented by Gillman Subaru turns 50 on Saturday, March 5! Paddlers have the chance to make history as the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas observes this milestone year. Participants, ages 12 and up, are invited to race along a 15-mile-long stretch of Buffalo Bayou in support of the transformation and revitalization of this historic Houston waterway.

Spectators are invited to cheer at the starting point and along the race route. At the finish line at Allen’s Landing, there will be hundreds of colorful canoes and kayaks, music, fun and activities from local businesses and sponsors. See photos from last year’s event here.

Saturday, March 5, 2022
7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Starting Line: 7700 San Felipe St. (Just west of Voss)
Finish Line: Allen’s Landing, 1019 Commerce St.

$50 per paddler
$55 per paddler on/after February 19
$60 per paddler day-of registration
Discounts are available for BBP Members, military, and student ID holders.

The Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta is rain or shine. If a cancellation takes place due to severe weather or water conditions, all entry fees will be considered a tax-deductible donation to Buffalo Bayou Partnership and used in our efforts to continue restoring the bayou.

Trophies will be awarded to the top three winners in Teams, Recreational Canoe, Recreational Kayak, and Unlimited Divisions. For more information about canoe and kayak divisions, please visit www.buffalobayou.org or contact Trudi Smith at tsmith@buffalobayou.org.

Team sponsors are welcome to join the festivities and compete for the coveted team cup! For more information about sponsorship, contact Leigh McBurnett at lmcburnett@buffalobayou.org.

About Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Established in 1986, Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is the non-profit transforming and revitalizing Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s most significant natural resource. The organization’s geographic focus is the 10-square mile stretch of the bayou that flows from Shepherd Drive, through the heart of downtown into the East End, and onto the Port of Houston Turning Basin. BBP creates and cares for inclusive public spaces such as Buffalo Bayou Park, constructs hike and bike trails, and removes trash from the waterway. Buffalo Bayou Partnership also activates the bayou through unique programs, public art, volunteer events and recreational opportunities that enrich the quality of life in Houston.

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