Texas Camping & Canoeing

Texas Camping & Canoeing
Texas offers canoe enthusiasts plenty of water trails to explore with its 3,700 streams and 15 major rivers. You can enjoy the outdoors by camping and boating because many campgrounds in the state provide boat access and canoe rentals.

State Parks

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.

Amenities

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.

Canoe Outfitter

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.

Regulations

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.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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