Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kayak/Canoe/Paddle On Your Favorite Waterway

During the hot Austin summers, any physical activity needs to be in close proximity to a body of water. If you can get out early, take to your favorite waterway on kayak, canoe or even a paddleboard and explore your city from a whole new vantage point.

Austin Canoe & Kayak
9705 Burnet Rd. #102
Austin / (512) 719-4386

Rent kayaks, canoes and SUPs by the day and take them anywhere. With a rental you can receive a discount on coolers, dry boxes/bags and even sunscreen and bug repellent. Life vests are included with rentals.

Austin Kayak & Paddle Board
1610 E. Riverside Dr.
Austin / (512) 804-2122

Take advantage of free parking to rent kayaks and paddle boards by the hour and pick them up from the AMLI Southshore building.

Austin Sailboat Rentals
(512) 815-0980

You can choose from single, tandem, glass bottom tandem and wave kayaks for a half or full day from their location on Lake Travis at Windy Point.

Capital Cruises
208 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin / (512) 480-9264

On the south side of Lady Bird Lake, at the boat dock at the Hyatt, you can rent canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and even swan pedal boats by the hour. Free parking can be a little tricky if you don’t snag a spot at Auditorium Shores — here’s a map of your options.

Congress Avenue Kayaks
74 Trinity St.
Austin / (512) 809-8916

Located next to the Four Seasons Hotel on the north side of Lady Bird Lake is the Waller Creek Boathouse, which is a collaboration between the City of Austin and the Austin Rowing Club. Through Congress Avenue Kayaks, you can rent one- and two-person kayaks, as well as SUPs (stand-up paddling, for those ages 16 and older alone and 13 and up if with an adult), by the hour or half-day. Cash and credit cards are accepted, but you must leave a valid driver license while you are out. Keep in mind that parking can be limited in that part of downtown. Alta’s Cafe, which is located at the boathouse, serves caffeinated beverages and locally sourced food.

2200 S. Lakeshore Blvd.
Austin / (512) 574-2516

Of course, this company rents stand-up paddleboards, but they also rent single and double kayaks from the company's dock in the South Shore District, on Austin's new Boardwalk. Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted, and you can also pay for your rental in advance online. You’ll need to bring a valid photo ID.

Rowing Dock
2418 Stratford Dr.
Austin / (512) 459-0999

On the south side of the lake, west of Mopac, is the Rowing Dock, which also rents canoes, kayaks, SUPs and paddleboats by the hour. You have to leave an ID or a set of keys while you are out and you can pay with either cash or a credit card. Parking is available.

Peace Paddling
Steiner Ranch Boat Club
12300 River Bend
Austin / (512) 839-5510

Mary Quinlan Park
1601 Quinlan Park Rd. S.
Austin / (512) 839-5510

Choose from single or tandem kayaks or SUPs to explore Lake Austin from the Steiner Ranch Lake Club ramp or the Mary Quinlan Park ramp.

Texas Rowing Center
1541 W. Cesar Chavez
Austin / (512) 467-7799

Another option north of the lake and right next to Austin High is the Texas Rowing Center, which also rents canoes, kayaks and SUPs by the hour and by the day. Parking nearby is free and usually plentiful. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Zilker Park Boat Rentals
2101 Andrew Zilker Rd.
Austin / (512) 478-3852

Located just downstream from Barton Springs is Zilker Park Boat Rentals, which rents canoes, kayaks and SUPs by the hour or day (if you hope to stay out a few hours and wrap up your trip by noon, you can use this coupon). Rentals are by cash only, and you'll need to leave a photo ID while your boat is out. Some of the benefits in starting from this spot are that you can combine a canoeing outing with some playtime at Zilker Park; you can get the chance to see both sides of the shoreline (and the wildlife) as you paddle out to Lady Bird Lake; you will pass by Lou Neff Point, where there are nearly always ducks to feed, and you get a chance to begin your journey in the relatively calm waters before going out into the huge expanse that is Lady Bird Lake, complete with a current and lots of other folks doing the same thing. On busy weekends, you may find the area downstream of Barton Springs can get pretty crowded, too. If you head out on a weekend between March and November, you’ll need to bring along a few dollars to pay for parking at Zilker (and keep in mind there is additional parking east of the main playground, if you want to minimize your walking time. Just cross the Zilker Zephyr track and follow the signs down the stairs to the boat rental.)

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