Group Private Guide

Private Guided Tours

$45 per person for 2+ hour experience (six person minimum)

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 private guided paddles are the way to go! All of our tours are led by our experienced and highly entertaining guides.

Tour Options

Guided Eco and Historical Tour

Experience Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park, and Downtown Austin while picking up some facts to bring home! Our guided eco and historical paddle tour is also a great way to learn about Texas wildlife that only the locals know. Plus (whether you like it or not), you’ll probably pick up a few new dad jokes along the way.

Guided Bat Tour

Our incredibly popular seasonal tour with a 2-mile paddle to the famous Congress Avenue Bridge and 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 prominent architecture across the skyline, the Austin power plant, Auditorium Shores, and more. The tour is approximately two and a half hours but please allow for some wiggle room as the bats dictate our timing!

After-Hours Moonlight Tour

You’ll see Austin in a whole new light on this guided, two-hour evening paddle! You can choose to head upstream towards Red Bud Isle and feel a world away, or point your boat east toward the shimmering skyline as the moon lights the way. However you head out, it’ll be an experience like no other!

THE PERKS

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

40% off merch

TIMING

2+ hour experience

BOAT SELECTION

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$45 per person

You must have a party of six or more to book a guided tour. We require groups to put down a deposit to hold their reservation. Please inquire at least one week prior to your desired guided tour reservation.

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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

Photo ID

credit-card

Matching Credit Card

rental-waiver

Rental Waiver

(provided at dock)

RULES & GUIDELINES FOR SMOOTH SAILING

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

Guided Paddle FAQs

Can my group show up without a reservation if we have 10 people or less for a guided paddle?

No, to book a guided paddle experience, you must have a reservation. Please fill out the form fill on the guided paddle page to inquire.

If I book a guided paddle, what is included?

There are several perks to booking a guided paddle, including but not limited to guaranteed reservation and equipment, an expedited check-in process, dedicated dock attendants and guides throughout experience, free splash bag rentals, complimentary water or Gatorade per person, exclusive use of our picnic area for those into snacks and things and 40% off merch.

How long can we use the picnic area and how many people do the tables hold?

You can use the picnic area for the duration of your event. Depending on your group's size, our tables can fit up to 40 if you are the only group that has an event for that day. We will have it prepped and ready for your arrival.

Can I reschedule my guided paddle if something comes up?

To reschedule your outing at no additional charge, a written request must be received at least 1 business day prior to your final payment date.

What happens if people in my party are running late?

Group paddle schedules are strictly adhered to. Hosts must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your event to meet with your dedicated attendant. Rowing Dock is not responsible for late arrivals or late starting times. Your paddle ending time will not be adjusted to accommodate late guests. Encourage your guests to arrive early.

What happens if the weather looks bad for my upcoming reservation or the experience is cancelled due to weather?

Texas weather is consistently dry and hot with very mild winter conditions. Rowing Dock considers the following conditions acceptable for paddling: Temperatures above 50 degrees, winds below 17mph, light rain, overcast skies and high waters with a flow rate below 4000 CFS. In the event of inclement weather, you may reschedule your outing 48 hours prior to the outing at no additional cost. If you are unable to reschedule your event or if Rowing Dock cancels your event due to inclement weather, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% guided paddle staff retainer fee.

What type of guided paddles do you offer?

We provide three tour options - our guided eco and historical tour, our after-hours moonlight tour and our guided bat tour which is offered seasonally.

How long are guided paddles?

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

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

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! Generally the tour is more enjoyable if your pet is not high energy. Pets are not recommended for our evening tours.

What kind of wildlife can I expect to see on your eco and historical tour?

The animals really dictate things, but there is a high likelihood you'll see turtles, ducks, a variety of different types of birds and potentially snakes.

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.

Can i book a guided tour if I have less than six people?

You can book a private guided tour if you have less than six but you will be charged the cost for six people based on our minimum group size.