Boating, Paddling


Anyone can get out and enjoy canoeing or kayaking. Many state parks offer places that will rent you all the equipment you need: canoes, kayaks, life jackets, even paddle boats! Get a new perspective of nature today, and get your paddle wet.

Texas Paddling Trails

Over 57 designated Texas Paddling Trails provide well-mapped, accessible day trips in a variety of settings and for all levels of paddling experience. Visit our paddling website for trail maps and photos, info on canoe/kayak rentals, directions to designated access sites and fishing and wildlife information.

Texas State Parks with boat rentals

ParkPhone NumberRental Information
Abilene (325) 572-3204 Canoe and kayak rentals available
Atlanta (903) 796-6476 Canoes available for rent year-round
Blanco (830) 833-4333 Tubes, canoes and kayaks available for rent
Buscher (512) 237-2241 Canoes and double kayaks available for rent year-round, provided by Friends of the Lost Pines State Parks
Caddo Lake (903) 679-3351 Canoe rentals are available year-round from the park headquarters. Jon boat rentals are available at Crip’s Camp Marina in Uncertain, Texas, approximately 5 miles east of the park entrance on FM 2198.
Colorado Bend (325) 628-3240 Double and single sit-on kayaks available for rent year-round (Sept. 20, 2015 - Temporarily unavailable due to low water levels)
Cooper Lake - South Sulphur Unit (903) 945-5256 The South Sulphur Unit rents canoes.
Daingerfield (903) 645-2921 Pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and flat bottom boats available for rent year-round.
Eisenhower (903) 463-3999 Pontoon boats available for rent.

For information and reservations contact the Eisenhower Yacht Club at (903)463-3999,, or visit
Fort Parker (254) 562-5751 Canoes available for rent daily in-season and upon request in off-season
Garner (830) 232-6132 Paddleboats and kayaks available for rent at Spring Break, Easter and Memorial Day through Labor Day from concessionaire
Huntsville (936) 295-5644 Paddle boats and canoes are available for rent
Inks Lake (512) 793-2223 Canoes, paddleboats, and kayaks are available for rent year-round
Lake Mineral Wells (940) 325-7152 A concession operation at the park rents flat bottom boats with trolling motors, canoes, kayaks, and rowboats.

No skiing, jet skis or tubing allowed on the lake.
Lake Colorado City (325) 728-3931 The park rents kayaks. Paddles and life vests are provided.
Lake Somerville
Birch Creek Unit
(979) 535-7763 Canoes and kayaks available for rent year round
Lake Somerville
Nails Creek Unit
(979) 289-2392 Canoes and kayaks available for rent year-round 
Martin Creek Lake (903) 836-4336 Canoes available for rent
Martin Dies, Jr. (409) 384-5231 Canoes available for rent year-round
Palmetto (830) 672-3266 Pedal boat, kayak, hydro-bike, and canoes available for rent year-round
Possum Kingdom (940) 549-5612 P.K.S.P. Store & Marina (940/549-5612) rents non-motorized boats; canoes, and row boats, as well as wakeboards, kneeboards, skis and tubes. They also offer a wide variety of supplies, convenience items, water/fishing supplies, and slip rentals.
Purtis Creek 903)425-2332 Paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes available for rent year-round
Ray Roberts Lake
Sanger Unit
(940) 458-7343 Boats, boat slips and motors available for rent from concessionaire
Sea Rim

(409) 971-2559 Canoes and kayaks available for rent
Tyler (903) 597-5338 May 15 - August 15: Canoes, paddleboats, kayaks, bike boats and jon boats available for rent

March - May 15, Aug. 16 - Oct.: rentals are available on weekends only

For more information, call (903) 592-6790


IMPORTANT Water Safety Message

Open bodies of water (lakes, rivers, bays, bayous, ponds, oceans) are vastly different from neighborhood swimming pools and therefore warrant extra precautions. They key differences are that there are no lifeguards; water conditions can change rapidly; underwater currents sometimes exist and anyone who can't swim should have on a life-jacket. In fact in Texas, children under 13 years of age in or on vessels under 26 feet must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket. And all vessels under 16 feet (including canoes and kayaks) must be equipped with one Type I, II, III or V for each person on board.

Remember: The life you save may be your own! Before you paddle make sure you've reviewed these safety tips:

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