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.
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:
- Goliad Paddling Trail | Explore 18+ miles of paddling trails. Be sure to bring your binoculars to see unique wildlife — some experience required.
- King William Paddling Trail | Head to the heart of the city and experience this beginner-friendly trail with 1-2 hours of float time.
- Eagleland Zone Paddling Trail | This half-mile trail showcases a glimpse of the beauty and wildlife south of the Mission Reach.
- Mission Reach Paddling Trail | Explore eight miles of nature + rent a kayak from Texas River Company.
- SASPAMCO Paddling Trail | Located near Floresville, you’ll find intriguing geologic features, tall shady trees, and peacefully flowing waters on these 29 miles — some experience required.