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Texas Kayaking, Canoeing, & Rafting

Quick Links for Kayaking, Canoeing, & Rafting

Texas kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts have a wide range of choices to enjoy this great outdoor activity. With more than 3,700 named streams, 15 major rivers and some 3,300 miles of tidal shoreline along the Gulf Coast, Texas offers myriad opportunities for kayaking and canoeing adventures of all types. You have plenty of freshwater streams, rivers, and lakes to choose from and lots of choices for saltwater paddling. You can take lessons, guided trips, or go white water rafting. In Texas you can use your kayak or canoe for fitness and exercise, fishing, racing, or just a relaxing paddle down on one of the growing list on Texas paddling trails. One this page you'll find everything from kayak, canoe, or rafting adventures to kayak manufacturers.

River Trips, Adventures, and More

Link To KayakingTrip Kayaking Adventure Comments
Kayaking The Salt River A fun, relaxing trip down the Salt River in a funyak (a what?) - good scenery, cool water, and wildlife
Ten Great Paddling Spots Here is one list of some great paddling spots in the United States
Rio Grande River (New Mexico) Rafting Trip Just outside of Taos New Mexico we rafted the Race Course stretch of the Rio Grande - fun trip with 12 sets of rapids
Big Bend Rafting Adventure Read about a scenic and fun trip down the Rio Grande River
Roaring Fork Kayaking Trip A scenic and exciting trip down the Roaring Fork River in Colorado
White Water Rafting in Costa Rica Read about our exciting white water rafting trip in Costa Rica with 25 Class II and III rapids
Floating the Animas A calm but fun float down the Animas River in Durango, CO
White Water RaftingKayaking down a rapid on the Roaring Fork
Texas Kayak Racing
Kayak Races Comments
Buffalo Bayou Regatta Texas’ largest kayak and canoe race! This 15-mile canoe and kayak race is a great way to see Houston from a whole new angle.
Texas Water Safari A 262 mile canoe race from San Marcos, just south of Austin, to Seadrift, along the Gulf Coast.

Kayaking & Canoeing Resources

Kayak Organizations
Texas Kayak & Canoe Rentals & Lessons
Where to get rentals and lessons
Paddling Events Events in conjunction with Texas Parks & Wildlife
Lower Colorado River Authority Information on rivers and lakes
Good info on the Brazos River
Texas Kayak Fisherman The #1 source for your kayak fishing needs
Guadalupe and Blanco River Authority Information on the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers
Memberships, classes, and dining cruises
Southwest Paddler Comprehensive resource for information related to outdoor recreation on and near the rivers, creeks and streams of Texas
Austin Kayak Fishing Information on almost every aspect of kayak fishing
Texas Kayaking and Canoe Clubs
Kayaking & Canoe Clubs Comments
Hill Country Paddlers Families and/or individuals - all ages welcome to enjoy day trips, weekend trips, and coastal sea kayaking.
Houston Canoe Club Established in 1964, the members are interested in all types of paddlesport from canoeing to kayaking, quietwater, whitewater, touring and racing.
Alamo City Riverman A canoe and kayak club in San Antonio with members including all age groups, all skill levels, and all types of paddling: flat-water, slow rivers, racing, and whitewater
Dallas Downriver Club Established in 1975, DDRC is active in planning many trips as well as involved in environmental issues.


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