Opportunity to paddle at your own pace to explore the area
Calm waters of Lady Bird Lake offer unique views of the city
Single & tandem recreational kayaks are available to rent
Views of downtown buildings
Mexican free-tailed bat colony under Congress Avenue Bridge
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Self-guided kayak tour on Lady Bird Lake
Kayak, paddle, and life jacket
Brief safety orientation
Know Before You Book
Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.
You must be 18 or older to rent a kayak.
You must weigh between 30 pounds (13 kg) and 275 pounds (125 kg).
You must be able to paddle on your own.
You do not need previous canoe or kayaking experience.
Hours of operation are from 10 AM–5:30 PM.
Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.
What you can expect
Paddle through the waters of Lady Bird Lake, scoping out views of downtown Austin's skyline, visiting quiet islands, and cruising past parks that line this sealed section of the Colorado River. Along the way, explore secluded beaches perfect for a refreshing swim and snap photos of native wildlife.
Pick up your kayak on the shores of Lady Bird Lake, a manmade reservoir that helps supply Austin with drinking water and prevent flooding of the Colorado River. Get fitted for a paddle, life jacket, and a kayak as experienced rental staff chat about proper paddling technique and offer tips on different places you can check out.
Enjoy the freedom to explore Lady Bird Lake at your leisure. You might drift to the quiet shores of Snake Island, whose name thankfully has little to do with its character, check out Barton Springs Pool, or look for Mexican free-tailed bats under the Congress Avenue Bridge. At the end of your rental time, point your bow back to the tour office and wrap up your paddling adventure.