Are Kayaks Safe?
Kayaking in Austin is safe for people of all skill levels, including beginners. We use high quality equipment that’s well maintained, and our dock attenants can help you select the kayak that’s best suited for your adventure on Lady Bird Lake.
Do I need to wear a life jacket while kayaking in Austin?
Anyone under 13 years old will be required to wear a lifejacket, and it’s highly recommended for everyone else. But don’t worry, we have life jackets in all sizes that are free to use with your rental.
Can kids or dogs ride in an Austin kayak rental?
Kids can ride in a kayak.Dogs and other pets are permitted at this time. Please note, given the history of poisonous toxins found in the blue-green algae in Lady Bird Lake, if you decide to bring your pet, you are doing so at your own risk. While there were no toxins found in the latest sampling of the algae (Oct, 2020), the City of Austin is still recommending that all pet owners do not let their pets/dogs swim or drink the water in Lady Bird Lake.All pet owners will be asked to sign a pet waiver that details the history of the algae and the current status. For reference, our pet waiver is here.
To learn more about the history of toxic algae in Lady Bird Lake, please visit: austintexas.gov/algae
Do I need to make a reservation to rent a kayak?
Nope. For our single and double kayaks, pedal kayaks, stand up paddleboards and canoes, we operate on a first come, first served basis all day, every day. On the weekends during the middle of the day there may be a short line for processing, but you can always enjoy the beautiful Zilker Park while we get your kayak ready.
What should I bring while kayaking in Austin?
At Rowing Dock we provide lifejackets and paddles, but there are a few things we highly recommend taking on your kayaking trip on Lady Bird Lake. While we sell sunscreen, water, and hats at the dock, you are welcome to bring your own. Kayaking down Lady Bird Lake provides a lot of opportunities for amazing pictures of the Austin skyline, Barton Springs, Congress Bridge and much more. If you need, we have dry bags at the dock to keep your cameras and smartphones protected.
Do you have one and two person kayaks for rent?
Yes, we have single kayaks and double kayaks for rent. A single is $15/hour and a double kayak is $20/hour. We also have pedal kayaks that seat one for $30/hour.
What types of kayaks do you have?
We have sit-inside kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, and pedal kayaks.
Do you offer fishing kayaks?
We rent fishing kits for $15/boat. Our kits include a crate for tackle and gear, an anchor and a rod holder attachment.