Journey to the Springs

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Ready to get on the water?

If our pre-scheduled dates don't work for your schedule or you'd prefer a private experience fo your group, please reach out and we'd be happy to arrange a tour based on your needs.

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.


Photo ID


Matching Credit Card


Rental Waiver

(provided at dock)


Rule number one, obviously, is to have fun. Alas, there are a few more things to know before you row.

Guided Tour FAQs

How long are guided paddles?

Our typical guided paddles are about 2 hours - 2.5 hours. But, for our bat paddles, the bats dictate our timing so plan to be on the water anywhere between two and three hours.

How do I get to Rowing Dock?

Please visit our find us page for specific directions. Given limited parking options throughout Zilker Park, we heavily encourage ride-sharing, biking, or public transit via CapMetro. There is a large gravel lot East of Mopac for easiest parking, with a 5-10 minute walk to Rowing Dock ($7/vehicle). Details here. We ask that all are respectful of our neighbors including the Nature and Science Center, and do not park in their bus/handicap lane. If you do plan to attempt to drive closer, there will be limited parking on a first come, first serve basis in the Rowing Dock parking lot or under the Mopac bridge. Due to an increase in theft in the area, please do not leave any valuables in your car.

How many people can go on a guided paddle?

We can accommodate groups of all sizes. We recommend groups of 2-12, however, we can add additional guides to accommodate larger groups.

Is there a minimum age you have to be to go on a guided paddle?

All ages are welcome. If your group is taking out SUPs, children under the age of 16 are required to have a parent or guardian on the water with them. For kayaks and canoes, children under the age of 13 are required to have a parent or guardian on the water.

Can you bring your pets on a guided paddle?

Pets are welcome! Due to the presence of algae, we ask that all pet parents sign a waiver, and ensure their pet does not drink or swim in the water. Generally the tour is more enjoyable if your pet is not high energy.

Can people take different boats out for guided paddles?

Yes, but we do recommend renting the same boat if you'd like to all travel at the same speed.