Boating, Paddling

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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

NamePhone 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, eyc@eisenhoweryachtclub.com, 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
Lake Somerville
Birch Creek 
(979) 535-7763 Canoe and kayak rentals available 
Lake Somerville
Nails Creek 
(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
Sea Rim

(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 

 

Safety

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.

Water Safety  [en espanol] - Watch true stories and learn the top five ways to avoid accidents. 

Swimming Safety - Follow these tips to enjoy your swim in Texas State Parks

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.