Our detailed reviews of Rental Shops & tours covers all of this:
- Parking and accessibility – Is this easy to get to?
- The Shop – The storefront and amenities (if that applies)
- The Tour – How it works, and how it went
- The Equipment – The quality and variety of equipment available
- The Water – How long, fast, clean and smooth is the river trail?
- The Staff – Who’s behind the business?
- The Overall Value – what do you get for what you pay?
Reviews of Places to Paddle focus on 4 things:
- The quality of the water: Would you want to jump and play in the water?
- The surrounding waterfront: Is it easy to put in and take out anywhere?
- The parking & accessibility to the waterfront: Can you find enough close parking?
- The picnic & day use area: Is it easy to enjoy the day there with friends and family?
Tours and Rentals
Crystal Kayaks and Glow Tours at PaddleSMTX! in San Marcos, TX
Top places to paddle
Louise Hays Park – Kerrville, TX
Great park and river trail.
Seguin Paddle Trail at Starkey Park – Seguin, TX
Read our detailed review
by guest writer Rusty – Local SUP & Long board legend – Another great park and multi-mile river trail.
Joe’s Place Marina and Resort – Medina Lake
Private Park and lake paddling
Paradise Canyon – Medina River
A large private river park with lots of amenities and camping
Turkey Cove – Canyon Lake boat ramp 2
kayak & boat launch protected from the wind with plenty of parking.
Detailed review coming in summer 2020!
Bandera City Park – Bandera, TX
Charming city park with plenty of river for swimming and short paddling.
Boerne City Lake Park – Boerne, TX
Solid all-around place to paddle, fish and play north of San Antonio.
Other detailed reviews coming up!
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More Places to Kayak and Paddle Board In and Around San Antonio
- Canyon Lake:
- Canyon Lake Forrest @ Dock 5
- Medina Lake:
- Medina Lake Park
- Other Lakes:
- Braunig Lake Park
- Medina River:
- Salas Family Park (fee to enter)
- Medina River Natural Area
- Guadalupe River:
- Nichol’s Landing Paddling Trail
Downtown San Antonio on the San Antonio River
- King William Paddling Zone: from Nueva south to the blue buoys above S. Alamo. Access from Guenther St. (.8 miles)
- Mission Reach Paddling Zone (area 1) from below the chute at VFW to the canoe chute adjacent to Padre Park. Access from VFW below the chute, or from Padre Park. (.7 miles)
- Mission Reach Paddling Zone (area 2) from the bridge below the canoe chute adjacent to Padre Park to the blue buoys above Espada Dam. Access from Espada or Acequia Park. (~1 mile)
Full Map from San Antonio River Authority (SARA) with every access point: https://www.sara-tx.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SARIP-Full-Map-2017-web11.pdf
NOTE: There are city rules to follow: (http://www.sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/Programs-Classes-Fun/Fun-On-Your-Own/Paddling)
San Antonio Parks with paddling lakes
- Elmendorf Lake Park, 3700 W. Commerce. Launch & Recovery Area: dock
- Miller’s Pond Park, 6175 Old Pearsall Park. Launch and Recovery Area: dock
- South Side Lions Park, 3900 Pecan Valley Drive. Launch and Recovery Area: Near pavilion #2 (Facing the pavilion, 30 to 40 yards to the east)
- Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati: Launch and Recovery Area: dock
- Medina River Natural Area, 15890 Highway 16 South: Launch & Recovery Area: Approximately 1/2 mile from the parking lot. Boundary: State Highway 16 to Old Applewhite Road