38 Scenic Drives to Wade Access Points Within A Couple Hours of Downtown Houston

The 38 free maps listed below were hand-built by Tom Herbertson, based on the driving directions provided by Robert H. McConnell in his book Fly Fishing Houston & Southeastern Texas published by Imbrifex Books in February 2023. All of the maps start in downtown Houston, at the intersection of Allen Parkway and Bagby Street and provide the best driving routes to each of the 38 wade access points described by the author in the book.

Special Note: When these maps were created, some of the roads were subject to seasonal closures and and so some of the routes might not always follow the directions in the book to the wade parking areas, because the underlying Google database prevents us from creating maps on roads with construction or seasonal closures. But the route shown on the maps is as close to the author’s instructions as we could get them. In some cases, the parking lots to the wades described in the book are not indexed by the Google Maps program and we could not get the mapping program to draw the “line” to the wade. The most accurate descriptions to these wades are found in the book and were checked in-person by the author on more than one occasion.

You can use these maps as is, or add your own additional points of interest by registering for a free account on RoadTripAmerica.com. If you don’t already have an account, you can register here. The account is free and allows you to customize, save, and share maps. Please read the instructions below this list for more info on how to use, customize, save, and share your maps.

Scenic Drives to Wades in the Pineywood Waters

Making their way upstream along the East Fork San Jacinto River

001 Stubblefield Lake Recreation Area
002 The First Jungle
003 Stow-A-Way Marina
004 I-45 Wade
005 Woodloch Wade
006 Lone Star Hiking Trail
007 Low Water Bridge
008 One-Oh-Five Wade
009 The Bridge to Nowhere
010 Roman Forest Wade
011 Canoe Launch Wade
012 Confluence Float
013 Riley Fuzz Wade
014 Carter Park Wade
015 Bald Eagle Wade

Scenic Drives to Wades in the Concrete Flats & Other Urban Waters

Tanya Xu and Nick Heaverlo fish Cypress Creek

016 Coyote Float
017 Garrett Road Kayak Launch
018 Pineland Road Boat Ramp
019 Tidwell Wade
020 Stude Park Wade
021 Little White Oak Bayou at Woodland Park
022 T-103 Ditch
023 Mason Creek
024 Briarbend Paddle
025 610 Flats
026 Marmon Flats
027 Bevlyn Flats
028 Poor Farm Ditch
029 Hermann Park Flats
030 Burroughs Park
031 Northshore Park
032 Mary Jo Peckham Park/a>
Lake Friendswood Park
034 Marshall Lake/a>
Tom Bass Regional Park

Scenic Drives to Wades in the Village Creek area

Trey Alvarez prepares to launch a canoe into Village Creek

036 Baby Galvez Float
037 Panfish Paddle
038 Village Creek State Park

Joey Ramirez and Trey Alverez casting on Lake Conroe

Please note that each map includes the described route from the book and 3-4 of the RTA attractions found along it. You can add additional attractions from the book or points of interest of your own choosing to the maps.

After registering, you will be able to customize any and all of the 101 maps listed above by navigating to “Advanced Maps” (in the navigation bar at the top of every page) or clicking here.

Jose Mata fishes a still section of the East Fork on a summer evening
    On the left hand column of the “Advanced Maps” page you will see some tables labeled as follows:

My Maps
My Custom Places
My Routes
My Drawn Routes
RTA Map Library — this is where you will find the list of maps that correspond to the routes in the book.

All the routes described in 101 Hikes in Colorado’s Front Range are labeled like this: West BCD-##-Hike Name (where ## represents the hike number associated with that map). So, the first one you will see in that list is called “West-BCD-01-Denver to Pawnee Buttes Trailhead.” The easiest way to see all 101 routes is to use the bcd in the keyword search box.

If you click on the blue line under the number next to the word “West” it will open the link to the route.

Some key elements to note:

1. If you click on the blue flag labeled “1” you will find a description of the route and details about long it takes to drive this route.
2. The icons that have little colored flags are RoadTrip Attractions published by RoadTrip American contributing writers. They are not specifically related to Pete KJ’s hiking guide, just a quick means of getting to the trailhead.

You can save this RTA Library map into your personal collection of maps. Here are some general instructions about how to do that:

To modify a RTA Library Map and Save it as one of your Personal Maps:

Click on the number link. At this point, you can add your personal Custom Places and then save whatever is on your screen as a map. Just click the “Save Map” button. The map’s name will now appear in the “My Maps” box in the left-hand column.

To create a new map based on the original RTA Library Map + some new places that you’d like to add, you will be using the RTA Custom Maps “Waypoints” system. The Waypoints system is explained in greater detail on the Advanced Maps page — look for MAP INSTRUCTIONS.

Once you have added any new Custom Places, you would save the new map that you just created. Note: The resulting blue line route might not follow the exact route of the RTA Library Maps because there is a limitation on the number of waypoints available (23 waypoints plus the beginning and ending locations) but you can use the RTA flags and your new Custom Places markers as those waypoints and choose your new starting and ending locations. The resulting map will be very similar to the original RTA Library Map. (For more information about using the “Waypoint” system, see post #1 in this thread.)

And if you need help with any of this, please get in touch with us via email to map.center.support@roadtripamerica.com. You can also join the map discussion on the Trip Advice Planning Forum.

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