You can visit many state parks in Texas that offer camping facilities and boating access. Caddo Lake State Park in Karnack and Daingerfield State Park in Daingerfield offer campgrounds with canoe rentals. Rent a canoe at Caddo Lake State Park to explore Caddo Lake, a maze of bayous covering 26,810 acres. The lake has an average depth of 8 to10 feet and also contains a variety of game fish.
Campground amenities vary depending on the site you choose. Caddo Lake State Park, for example, offers tent sites, cabin rentals and RV sites. Amenities there include water, electricity and sewer hookups with picnic tables, BBQ grills and fire rings.
You can rent or purchase a canoe in various locations in Texas. The Howell Canoe Livery in Columbus rents canoes for trips on the 600-mile Colorado River. You can paddle and sightsee along the water for such birds as herons, kingfishers, egrets and American bald eagles.
Guided Canoe Trips
You can sign up for guided canoe trips on the state's waters, including the Big Bend River. Canoe trips are offered by the Big Bend River Tours in Terlingua to explore the Santa Elena Canyon. You can choose from a half-day canoe trip to a four-day excursion through the Mariscal Canyon and Boquillas Canyon.
When canoeing, you are required to have a personal flotation device and a sound-signaling device or an approved whistle. State law requires a visible light source when canoeing in low-light or reduced-visibility conditions, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.