Support Us Button Widget

Two lakes where you can rent paddle boards (without driving to Austin)

Get ready for outdoor activities at Woodlawn Lake Park and Elmendorf Lake Park come spring.


Kayak and paddle board rentals may start as early as spring.

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department announced that a license agreement for non-motorized watercraft rentals was approved by City Council.

In partnership with The Expedition School, this agreement will bring recreational watercraft rentals to Elmendorf Lake Park and Woodlawn Lake Park. This includes canoes, single and tandem kayaks, and — you guessed itstandup paddle boards.

But that’s not all. The Expedition School will also offer outdoor structured programming featuring adaptive paddling, health and wellness programs, camps, and professional water safety courses.

Continuing to build on its legacy of inclusion, the City of San Antonio hopes to offer accessible recreational opportunities and educational programming for residents. “We look forward to seeing people of all abilities kayaking and enjoying outdoor activities at Woodlawn Lake Park and Elmendorf Lake Park,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Homer Garcia III.

The Expedition School, whose mission is to provide the best and safest quality outdoor education experiences, has operated in Austin since 2006. This new agreement will allow the organization to begin expanding its connections to the Alamo City.

Rentals and educational programming are anticipated to launch this spring.

Already got your gear? Here’s a list of where you can hit the waters.

  • Eagleland Zone | Enter: between Eagleland and Lone Star | Boundary: Lone Star railroad trellis to Alamo Street
  • King William Zone | Enter: Guenther Street | Boundary: Nueva Street to Alamo Street
  • Mission Reach Zone | Enter: Various sites (see map) | Northern Boundary: Lone Star Boulevard | Southern Boundary: Camino Couhuilteca
  • The following city parks: Elmendorf Lake Park, Medina River Natural Area, Miller’s Pond Park, South Side Lions Park, Woodlawn Lake Park (see list for launch zones)

As of August 2011, no permit will be required for the previously mentioned activities. More details and information will be posted on the CoSA Parks and Recreation website.

More from SATXtoday