Texas Kayaking, Canoeing, & Rafting


Kayak fishingTexas 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

Rafting the Deschutes River in Bend Some fun rapids, great scenery, and no long drive to get to the put in
Kayaking The Salt River
A fun, relaxing trip down the Salt River in a funyak (a what?) - good scenery, cool water, and wildlife
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 and a canyon with towering sheer walls
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 Rafting

Texas Kayak Racing

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 down a rapid on the Roaring Fork

Kayaking & Canoeing Resources

Texas Kayak & Canoe Rentals & Lessons Where to get rentals and lessons
Ten Great Paddling Spots Here is one list of some great paddling spots in the United States
Paddling Events Events in conjuction 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
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

A Texas subsidiary of the Arkansas Canoe Club, we do all types of kayaking: white water, flat water, and paddle camping events throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. We also sponsor a free "roll practice" once a month.
Houston Association of Sea Kayakers

A social club for sea kayakers in the Houston area that leads about 3 trips a months from casual bayou to open water bays - membership is not required

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.
Thanks to Texas Park & Wildlife for some of the content and pictures. By providing the pictures, TP&W is not endorsing Texas Outside.

About Texas Outside

Texas Outside has been alive & well since 1996 - that's ancient by today's internet standards! Texas Outside was originally developed by Lone Star Internet which is an Austin based web development company with an excellent reputation & client base. In March of 2006, we purchased Texas Outside & made a commitment to add new, exciting, & informative content on Texas outdoor activities & fun things to see & do.

Read More >>>

Contact Us

Please feel free to send us your suggestions.

Suggestions or Comments: