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Buffalo Bayou officially
starts just west of Katy, Texas about 35-miles from downtown Houston
where a few intermittent streams empty into the bayou. At this point,
just south of Interstate 10, the bayou is only a few feet across.
Buffalo Bayou winds its way through the dozens of new suburban enclaves
of South Katy and West Houston towards downtown. After passing the
Barker Reservoir near Beltway 8, the bayou runs through the 500-acre
Terry Hershey Park and through the Memorial area to the Houston Arboretum
and Memorial Park, and the River Oaks area.
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s jurisdiction officially begins
when Buffalo Bayou hits Shepherd Drive and includes 10-square miles of
the bayou corridor. The bayou flows through Buffalo Bayou Park along
Allen Parkway, through the northern part of downtown.
At Allen’s Landing, the historical birthplace of Houston, White
Oak Bayou meets Buffalo Bayou. From Allen’s Landing east, Buffalo
Bayou becomes much wider and deeper. The Bayou flows through the East
End of Houston to the Turning Basin and the Ship Channel.