Almost anyone can canoe or kayak - more Americans paddle than play soccer. Many state parks offer places to rent canoes, kayaks and more. If you want to see nature in a new way, get your paddle wet!
Texas Paddling Trails
More than 70 official designated trails (including many state parks) offer well-mapped, accessible trips for all levels of experience. See routes, access points, float times, bird life, fishing information and more at www.tpwd.texas.gov/paddling.
Texas State Parks with Paddling Rentals
|Abilene||(325) 572-3204||Canoe and kayak rentals available|
|Atlanta||(903) 796-6476||Canoe rentals available|
|Blanco||(830) 833-4333||Canoe, kayak and tube rentals available|
|Bonham||(903) 583-5022||Paddle boat and canoe rentals available|
|Buescher||(512) 237-2241||Canoe and double kayak rentals available|
|Caddo Lake||(903) 679-3351||Canoe rentals available from headquarters, Jon boat rentals available from a private marina 5 miles east on FM 2198|
|Colorado Bend||(325) 628-3240||Double and single kayak rentals available|
|Cooper LakeSouth Sulphur||(903) 945-5256||Canoe rentals available|
|Daingerfield||(903) 645-2921||Canoe, kayak, pedal boat and flat bottom boat rentals available|
|Eisenhower||(903) 463-3999||Pontoon boat rentals available. Contact Eisenhower Yacht Club: (903) 463-3999, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.eisenhoweryachtclub.com|
|Fort Parker||(254) 562-5751||Canoe rentals available - daily during peak seasons and off-season by request|
|Garner||(830) 232-6132||Kayak, inner tube and paddle boat rentals available|
|Huntsville||(936) 295-5644||Canoe and paddle boat rentals available|
|Inks Lake||(512) 793-2223||Canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals available|
|Lake Livingston||(936) 365-2201||Canoes, single and double kayaks, and paddle boards - Thursday – Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.|
|Lake Mineral Wells||(940) 325-7152||Canoe, kayak, flat bottom boat with trolling motor and rowboats rentals available.
(Water skiing, jet skiing and tubing prohibited)
|Lake Colorado City||(325) 728-3931||Kayak rentals available|
|(979) 535-7763||Canoe and kayak rentals available|
|(979) 289-2392||Canoe and kayak rentals available|
|Martin Creek Lake||(903) 836-4336||Canoe rentals available|
|Martin Dies, Jr.||(409) 384-5231||Canoe rentals available|
|Palmetto||(830) 672-3266||Canoe, hydro-bike, kayak and pedal boat rentals available|
|Possum Kingdom||(940) 549-5612||Canoe, rowboat, wake board, knee board, water ski, boat slip and tube rental available from P.K.S.P. Store & Marina, (940) 549-5612|
|Purtis Creek||903)425-2332||Canoe, kayak, paddleboat rental available|
||(409) 971-2559||Canoe and kayak rental available|
|Tyler||(903) 592-6790||Bike-boat, canoe, Jon boat, kayak and paddle boat rentals available - daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends year-round|
Natural water bodies in state parks are very different from local swimming pools. Consider wearing a life jacket while enjoying your lakes, rivers, bays, bayous, ponds and oceans, and please be aware of the following conditions and rules:
- No lifeguard on duty
- Water conditions change rapidly
- Underwater currents exist
- All children require adult supervision
- Texas children under age 13 on boats under 26 feet must wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets
- Vessels under 16 feet (canoes, kayaks etc.) must carry Type I, II, III or V life jackets for each person on board.
Boater Education - Required for certain boaters, and recommended for all, these courses are taught by US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Texas game wardens and other trained volunteer instructors. Online courses are also available.