Unique kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding destinations near San Antonio, TX

Water you doing if not paddle boarding during the summer in SATX? | 📸: @missionkayak

Kayaking, canoeing + paddleboarding are great ways to explore the San Antonio area. These water sports also offer both physical and mental health benefits that extend far beyond a day on the water. 🛶

But before we dive in, let’s get a lay of the land (er, water). Check out these unique facts about our region:

  • The San Antonio River Basin is a dynamic ecosystem with rivers, creeks, and streams that extend from Kerr and Medina counties to the Southeast toward the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The San Antonio River is the basin’s major river, flowing 240 miles from its headwaters in Bexar County to its confluence with the Guadalupe River in Refugio County.
  • There are five major trails with several miles of paddling adventures spread across the San Antonio River. 
Check out the history of the “Grotto” before you paddle out. | 📸: @missionkayak

Next, we should talk about paddling safety, so you don’t capsize:

  • Always wear a PFD or personal flotation device.
  • Start small. Water, especially flowing water, can be intimidating. First-timers should opt for a small lake, pond, or city canal. You don’t want to get in over your head.
  • Consider a guided adventure from Mission Kayak before heading out on your own.
  • For a fully detailed list of do’s + don’ts, check out this paddling safety guide.

And finally, here are a few options for getting your feet wet: