$40 - $50 per person
What could be better than learning from a local while getting out on the water? Fact is, if you’re looking for a new way to tour Austin, our weekly guided paddles are the way to go! All of our tours are led by our experienced and highly entertaining guides. Take a peek at the various options below and embark on the adventure that strikes your fancy!
Guided Tour - Journey to the Springs
Depart from Rowing Dock and paddle to Austin’s iconic Barton Springs. This ecological-focused tour will highlight the abundance of plants, wildlife and fish that live in our backyard! It’s a great way to learn about Texas wildlife that not even many locals know! The clear waters of Barton Creek are a haven for local flora and fauna. You’ll learn about the natural history of the magical, wonderful Barton Springs, also known as the fourth largest concentration of natural springs in Texas, and home to the constant 68 degree water that Austin is so famous for!Learn More
Low Season: By Reservation Only
Guided Bat Tour
On our incredibly popular seasonal tour, you’ll paddle two miles to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge and get a picture-perfect view of over 1.5 million bats flying overhead. The 4-mile round-trip paddle is accompanied by one of our excellent guides who will teach you about the history and migration of the Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. You’ll also get to learn more about Austin’s prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, the history of Congress Avenue Bridge and more.Learn More
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Guided Historical & Architectural Tour
On our popular architectural and historical tour, we’ll head east to the Buford Tower and back. At four miles roundtrip, the tour focuses on the fascinating history of Austin, and touches on the beautiful architecture that helps make this city so vibrant and unique. Guides will talk about the last 3-400 years of history on this stretch of the Colorado, and the buildings and landmarks that we paddle past will serve as signposts on this historic journey.Learn More
'Round Red Bud Isle - Guided Tour
This hyper-natural tour heads west, away from the city, and around Austin’s Red Bud Isle and back. The scenery features limestone bluffs, greenery and wildlife everywhere you look! We’ll take you to the city's magical Secret Spring, where you’ll discover a natural spring and oasis that is relatively undiscovered, even by many locals. Your guide will share a historical perspective on the greater Colorado River and the immense watershed that Lady Bird Lake is a part of. Photo by Tyler Fox.Learn More
Guaranteed reservation and equipment
Expedited check-in process
Dedicated dock attendant and guides throughout experience
Free splash bag rentals
Complimentary water or Gatorade per person (it’s important to hydrate y’all)!
Exclusive use of our picnic area for those into snacks and things
10% off merch
2+ hour experience
Looking for a private guided tour?
You must have a party of six or more to book a private guided tour. Please inquire at least one week prior to your desired guided tour reservation.Request a reservation
What to bring
We require each of these before you hit the water, no exceptions – but keep in mind our dock doesn’t have secured storage for additional items.
Matching Credit Card
(provided at dock)
Guided Paddle FAQs
Can my group show up without a reservation if we have 10 people or less for a guided paddle?
If I book a guided paddle, what is included?
How long can we use the picnic area and how many people do the tables hold?
Can I reschedule my guided paddle if something comes up?
What happens if people in my party are running late?
What happens if the weather looks bad for my upcoming reservation or the experience is cancelled due to weather?
What type of guided paddles do you offer?
How long are guided paddles?
How many people can join a guided tour?
Is there a minimum age you have to be to go on a guided paddle?
Can you bring your pets on a guided paddle?
What kind of wildlife can I expect to see on your eco and historical tour?
Can people take different boats out for guided paddles?
Can i book a guided tour if I have less than six people?