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Guided Paddling Trip

Bring your own boat (or rent one if available) and join a park guide for a fun adventure.

Do you want to paddle around at our park, but not sure where to go?  This trip includes a guide that will help you discover some of the great paddling trails that the park offers. This trip can be moderately strenuous. We don't recommend this trip for beginners. 

Yes, you can rent a park canoe or kayak, but rentals are first come first serve and we cannot reserve a rental for you.

To register please call, text, or email Ranger Amy at:

amy.kocurek@tpwd.texas.gov 

(409) 698-6636

I need to know how many spots you need and if you're renting a boat or bringing your own.

 

Where to Meet: Meet at the Walnut Ridge day-use area where the canoes are located.

What to Have/Bring:  

  • A kayak or canoe.
  • Life jacket.
  • Park permit in your windshield (received from park headquarters or self-pay station - pay with cash at the self-pay station, $4 per person, children 12 and under are free).
  • Full water bottle or similar beverages to keep you hydrated. 
  • Close-toed shoes, secure water shoes, or old tennis shoes that you don't mind getting wet (flip-flops are not recommended).
  • Sunscreen.
  • A hat that won't blow away in high winds.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Bug spray.
  • Dry bag, zip lock bags, or waterproof containers for your gear (We are not responsible for any damages to your possessions).
  • Any special medication. 
  • If your hands are not conditioned to paddling consider bringing gloves to help avoid blisters. 

What to Know: 

  • Be prepared to be out on the water for 2.5 hrs.
  • Please use the bathroom before showing up at the launch site. There are no bathrooms at the launch site.
  • Children 12 years old and younger must wear their life jacket, it is the law.

There is no fee for attending this program; however, payment of park entrance fees are required. Entrance fees are paid at Park Headquarters or the self-pay stations and are $4 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free. 

This program is subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. Unfortunately, we are unable to reschedule canceled programs.