FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

 

Where can I launch my paddleboard in Austin?

The three most easily accessible launch points are the Austin High Boat Launch or the Festival Beach boat ramp on the north side of the lake or the Rowing Dock on the south side. Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort.

 

Public Lake Access and Launch Areas

Austin High Boat Launch

A ramp for boats that can be carried is located across Stephen F. Austin Street from Austin High School.
2100 Stephen F Austin Dr, Austin, TX 78703

IH 35 behind the Holiday Inn – unimproved boat ramp. Paid on street parking. Stephen F Austin Drive under Mopac – unimproved path to north shore. Paid on street parking.

 

Where is Party Island Austin?

Austin is known for its Lady Bird Lake paddleboard party, PARTY ISLAND! paddleboarders, kayakers and people who love floating gather around to frolic in the cool waters of Lady Bird Lake. There is lots of smoking and drinking going on with an occasional floating DJ booth and BBQ pit.
Austin is the world's capital for Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) on Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
The most popular place to stand up paddle board SUP in Austin is Lady Bird Lake or Town Lake as the locals call it. This 468-acre reservoir on the Colorado River allows you to paddle into the heart of Austin’s downtown. From your paddle board, you can enjoy the view of the Austin skyline as you glide under the Congress Avenue Bridge to view the 1.5 million bat flight exodus every evening. Experiencing the city of Austin from your paddle board will give you a unique perspective of the city.

Can you paddle board in the nude on Lady Bird Lake?

State law prohibits the reckless exposure of private parts in public, so you can’t just tear off all your clothes and promenade into Lady Bird Lake. You could be cited for indecent exposure or disorderly conduct.

However, Barton Springs Pool is not clothing optional, but both men and women can go topless.

 

Where do you park for paddle boarding in Austin?

There are a variety of public dock launch points with ample parking and easy access, including: Texas Rowing Center, Austin High Launch, and Festival Beach.

 

What are 3 important paddle boarding tips?

Avoid caving your knees inwards or outwards as you paddle. Keep your back straight always to avoid straining or back pains. Always look ahead/at the horizon and never at the board. Remember, you will lose your balance if you keep looking around or down at your feet.

 

Is it safe to paddleboard in Lady Bird Lake?

It’s a safe haven for families since there are no motorized boats on the water, making it a great place for children to learn the ropes on the lake. Because there is no motorized boat traffic on Lady Bird Lake, paddlers of any kind can take full reign over the lake.

 

Where do you park to paddleboard, kayak, and canoe on Lady Bird Lake?

Public Lake Access and Launch Areas

Austin High Boat Launch

A ramp for boats that can be carried is located across Stephen F. Austin Street from Austin High School.
2100 Stephen F Austin Dr, Austin, TX 78703

IH 35 behind the Holiday Inn – unimproved boat ramp. Paid on street parking. Stephen F Austin Drive under Mopac – unimproved path to north shore. Paid on street parking.

 

Is swimming allowed in Lady Bird Lake?

Swimming and Lady Bird Lake. If you are an Austin local, you know there is no swimming allowed in the lake. Although dips in the water aren’t permitted due to water pollution, there are plenty of water activities that take you on a refreshing glide on top of the water, which gives you a unique perspective of the area.
Due to swimming deaths led to a ban on swimming in Lady Bird Lake, a law still in effect today due to the hazardous rocks and stones left over from a history of dam collapses from the days when the Colorado River raged.
A group of friends, silhouetted by the sunset, exercise on stand-up paddle boards on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
A group of friends, silhouetted by the sunset, reflect the fit Austin Lifestyle by exercising on stand-up paddle boards at sunset on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas.

Is Lady Bird Lake safe to kayak?

It’s a safe haven for families since there are no motorized boats on the water, making it a great place for children to learn the ropes on the lake. Because there is no motorized boat traffic on Lady Bird Lake, paddlers of any kind can take full reign over the lake.
Canoeing, kayaking and rafting on Barton Creek at Zilker Park is a favorite Austin pastime, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
Canoeing, kayaking and rafting on Barton Creek at Zilker Park is a favorite Austin pastime

Can you bring alcohol to Lady Bird Lake?

Food and drinks are allowed. Please no alcohol, glass, or styrofoam on Lady Bird Lake.
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Stand Up Paddling (SUP) is a popular way to while away the day in Austin, and with a steady influx of outdoor enthusiasts visiting the city, the beginner-friendly sport has gained even more steam in Central Texas. With an abundance of rivers and lakes in the Highland Lakes chain, perfect for flat-water paddling, you'll discover plenty of places to get your SUP on.

Is it worth it to buy a SUP? Are inflatable or hard boards best?

A very common question we get is “Are inflatable stand-up paddle boards worth the money or should I get a hardboard? Spoiler alert, YES! Inflatable paddle boards are worth it as long as you are getting a quality board.
kayakers paddle across a Lady Bird Lake against orange summer sunset as bat watchers gather on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
kayakers paddle across a Lady Bird Lake against orange summer sunset as bat watchers gather on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas

Where do you park to kayak Lady Bird Lake?

Public Lake Access and Launch Areas

IH 35 behind the Holiday Inn – unimproved boat ramp. Paid on street parking. Stephen F Austin Drive under Mopac – unimproved path to north shore. Paid on street parking.

Rowing crew and SUP paddle boarders pass underneath the Union Pacific Railroad Graffiti Bridge as a train passes over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
Sunny summer day welcomes rowing crew and SUP paddle boarders pass underneath the Union Pacific Railroad Graffiti Bridge as a train passes over Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas.

How healthy is paddle boarding?

Standup paddleboarding targets your upper body with the paddling itself. You will feel it in your arms, shoulders, and chest. It also targets your leg muscles and core stabilizers, because you need to absorb the water conditions as they come. This constant balancing is great for building strength and endurance.
Beautiful Sunset falls on the Austin Skyline as water enthusiast kayak and canoe on Lake Austin, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
Two young attractive sexy females on stand up paddle board, SUP, blowing bubbles on Lake Travis, beat the blistering 100 degree plus summer heat in Austin, Texas.

Is Austin the SUP paddle board Capital of the World?

Inflatable paddleboards are becoming more popular, as they are more portable and can be easily stored in a backpack or trunk. Stand up paddleboarding has become a popular pastime because it’s a fun, versatile, and accessible activity that offers a great workout, social interaction, and easy equipment.
View of a couple's silhouette on stand-up paddle boards during sunset on Lady Bird Town Lake in downtown Austin, Texas, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
View of a couple's silhouette on stand-up paddle boards during a beautiful golden sunset on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas.

How much is it to rent a paddleboard in Austin?

Rates: Weekdays: $15 per hour, $35 all day! Weekends: $20 per hour, $40 all day! Click here for SUP and kayak rentals. The Largest Fleet of Paddle Board Rentals in the World with 400 SUP ATX Boards Available!
Couple kayaking on Lady Bird Lake during sunset in Austin, Texas, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
Couple kayaking on Lady Bird Lake during sunset, golden hour, in Austin, Texas. Summer recreational pursuit.

Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake

Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake is a popular pastime among locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re a seasoned kayaker or a novice, the calm waters of the lake make it an ideal spot to enjoy this tranquil yet exhilarating water sport. Numerous rental companies dot the lake’s shoreline, offering a range of kayaks for hourly or daily use. Paddle along the lake’s shores and take in the lush vegetation, wildlife, and the iconic view of downtown Austin. You might even catch a glimpse of the Congress Avenue Bridge bats during their nightly emergence.

Austin surfers sit on stand up paddle boards and huddle in the middle of Lady Bird Lake with the Austin skyline in the background, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
Austin surfers sit on stand up paddle boards and huddle in the middle of Lady Bird Lake with the Austin skyline in the background on a sizzling summer's day.

Can you paddle board on Lake Travis?

Lake Travis offers single, double and paddle kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes, sailing dingys and deliver-to-your-site options. You’ll get up close and personal with the water and get some great exercise in doing so. Here are the Best Lake Travis Kayak and SUP Rental Companies.
Attractive young woman on Stand Up Paddle Board on Lady Bird Town Lake in Austin, Texas, austinpaddletours.com, www.austinpaddletours.com, https://www.austinpaddletours.com
Young Attractive Woman on Stand Up Paddle Board, SUP, in the Blue Waters of Lady Bird Town Lake Austin, Active Life Fitness Concept. Austin, Texas.

The 11 Best Places For Paddle Boarding In Austin, Texas

  • Lady Bird Lake.
  • Snake Island.
  • Lake Travis.
  • West End.
  • Congress Avenue Bridge.
  • Barton Creek.
  • Secret Beach.
  • Festival Beach