Canoeing and kayaking in Texas is growing rapidly because Texas offers so many options for enjoying this fun sport, so what are you waiting for why not rent a kayak or canoe and give it a try. You can rent canoes and kayaks to try on over 120 Texas lakes; paddle down any of the popular rivers like the Trinity, Brazos, Guadalupe, or the Colorado river; or kayak in the bays, marshes, or even the Gulf of Mexico surf; or enjoy a paddle on the Texas Paddling Trails. You’ll find canoe or kayak rentals at resorts, Texas State Parks, private campgrounds, boat rental locations, river outfitters, and more.

If you like kayaking and canoeing, you should also check out our Kayaking & Canoeing Page loaded with lots of great information on kayaking and canoeing in Texas.

Central Texas Hill Country Kayak and Canoe Rentals

Rising Phoenix Adventures in Bastrop has kayak rentals, shuttles, and guides available for the Lower Colorado River.Rising Phoenix AdventuresBastrop & Colorado River Paddling Trail
Son’s Island in Seguin not only has a kayak or stand up paddleboard to try but you can also enjoy all of the other amenities on this three and a half acre island with 4000 feet of waterfront of the lake: Hawaiian style cabanas, rope swings, hammocks, horseshoe and washer pits, lounge chairs, and a lot more for a fun day on the lake.Lake Placid Kayak  rentalsLake Placid
Paddle With Style in San Marcos and Luling is only a short drive from Austin and San Antonio, Paddle with Style offers canoe and kayak guided tours, instruction and rentals. Available for both group and private parties.Paddle with styleSan Marcos River
Garner State Park in Concan is a great place to camp on the Frio River and visitors can rent paddle boats, kayaks and inner tubes, as well as tables and barbecue pits. The park’s concessionaire operates a tube shuttle.Garner State ParkSan Marcos River
TG Canoes & Kayaks in San Marcos provides canoe or tandem kayaks and single kayaks for 2 to 7 hour trips.TG Canoes & KayaksSan Marcos River
Outdoor Waco has double kayaks, canoes and SUP, life vests and accessories available for rental.Outdoor WacoWaco Paddling Trails

Dallas, Ft Worth, & North Texas Kayak and Canoe Rentals and Lessons

Red Duck Water Sports in Pottsboro has canoe rentals or kayaks that are rigged for fishing.Kayak rentalLake Texoma
Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Rentals in Ft Worth rents SUP, kayaks, and canoes for individuals or groups of all sizes.Trinity River
Loyd Park in Grand Prairie you can enjoy a half day or full day on one of their kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddle boards.Joe Pool Lake
Rochelle’s Canoe Rental in Graford rents canoes, kayaks, and square-stern canoes. Shuttle service is available.Upper Brazos River
Lake Palestine Gateway RV Park Kayak Rentals in Chandler is a new RV Park has RV sites on the Neches River and they rent single, double, or triple sit-on-top kayaks. You can launch from the RV Park and paddle the 8 mile scenic Texas Parks and Wildlife Upper Neches River Paddling Trail. Read our review of Lake Palestine Gateway RV Park to learn more about the Park.Lake Palestine

South Texas Kayak and Canoe Rentals and Lessons

Latitude 29.2 Surf Shop in Crystal Beach where you can paddle the surf on the Gulf of Mexico or the calm water of Galveston Bay in a single, double, Peekaboo, or fishing kayak.Kayaking at Crystal BeachGalveston Bay & Gulf of Mexico
Howell Canoe Livery in Columbus has canoes, solo and tandem kayaks, and tubes available on this light Class I river.Howell Canoe LiveryColorado River
Southwest Kayak Rentals in Seabrook has single and tandem kayaks from 10′ to 16′ including Hobie Mirage fishing kayaks.Southwest Kayak RentalsClear Lake & Galveston Bay
Riva Row Boat House in The Woodlands has single or tandem kayaks from 10 to 16 feet for rent.Riva Row Boat HouseLake Woodlands/Woodlands Waterway
Star Rentals is a family owned kayak and tube rental business located in beautiful and scenic Concan, Texas. They’ve been renting inner tubes and kayaks to vacationing guest of Leakey, Rio Frio and Concan for over twenty years. They have expanded to include seven RV spots and a new snack spot.Star Rentals
Matagorda Bay Nature Park is a 1,333-acre park and nature preserve is located at the mouth of the Colorado River on the Matagorda Bay peninsula. Visitors can enjoy miles of Gulf of Mexico beachfront, birdwatching in coastal marshes and paddling through wetlands or riverfront. Tent camping and RV amenities are available for overnight stays. There also is a gift shop with snacks and souvenirs and a rental facility available for up to 100 people.Matagorda Bay
Yachting Center of Corpus Christi has single and tandem rentals on the beautiful bayCorpus Christi Bay
Dolphin Connection Texas in Inglesid has single & double kayaks in a perfect location most times of the yearDolphin Connection TexasIngleside On Corpus Christi Bay
Air Padre Kiteboarding on South Padre Island will rent you a kayak or Stand Up Paddle rental on Laguna Madre Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. If you feel you need a few pointers, take a kiteboard, kite land board, or kite buggy lesson.Laguna Madre Bay

Texas Kayaking and Canoeing Resources

Texas Kayak Fishing GuidesYou can’t beat kayak fishing and landing a big fish and these Texas Kayak Fishing Guides know where to find them
Kayaking & Canoeing Coupons & Specialsuse one of these coupons to save you some money on your next canoeing or kayaking trip
Texas Outside’s Kayaking & Canoeing Home PageLots of great information on Kayaking and Canoeing in Texas – rentals, lessons, trails, rivers to kayak, and lots more
SUP and Paddleboard Rentals PageFind a location to rent a SUP in Texas
Texas Paddling TrailsA list of all of the Texas paddling trails
Simon Trask
Author: Simon Trask

Simon loves Texas and the Great Outdoors. From East Texas pines to West Texas mountains, he calls North Texas home but is always ready to float a river in Hill Country or go fishing on the Gulf Coast. Simon loves camping and road trips as well, whether it's cruising Highway 287, 82, 69 or 281, that's the true way to see what Texas is all about!

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