How to Kayak in Texas Rivers

How to Kayak in Texas RiversTexas is a popular travel destination for outdoor enthusiasts in search of recreational activities, including kayaking. Visitors will find several coastal kayaking trails, as well as 15 major rivers where kayaking is allowed. You have plenty of freshwater rivers from which to choose when planning your next kayaking excursion in Texas. (Pictured: Kayaking on the Frio River, Texas)


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Purchase gear. Rising Phoenix Adventures offers kayaking rentals and lessons.
Step 2
Choose a river. The Brazos, Comal, Lower Colorado, Frio (pictured above), Guadalupe, Llano, Neches, San Marcos and Rio Grande are the best Texas rivers for kayaking, according to
Step 3
Participate in a Texas Paddling Trails program, which offers eight coastal kayaking trails and 10 inland kayaking trails. These trails provide well-mapped kayaking excursions for everyone from novice to expert kayakers.
Step 4
Opt for the Columbus Paddling Trail, which takes place on the Lower Colorado River. The trail stretches 6.5 miles and can last from two to five hours. Ideal for novice kayakers, the trail does not have any hazardous areas or rapids. Other trails include the Goliad Paddling Trail, on the San Antonio River. This 6.6-mile river trail stretches near the town of Goliad and lasts about 2 1/2 to 4 hours. Known for its scenic beauty, the Goliad Paddling Trail is the first inland paddling trail to include a state park.
Step 5
Obtain maps of Texas rivers to plan your kayaking experience. Visit the Southwest Paddler website for maps and river reports. River descriptions are also available including information on the Medina River, which is 29.6 miles. The Medina River allows canoe and kayak boats on its waters (see Reference 2).

Tips & Warnings

Wear proper gear to guard against hypothermia.
First-aid kits are available and should be used when Kayaking.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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