FAQ

Yes! We accept Visa, Mastercard & Discover. (No AMEX) We also like cash.

No. We have open cubbies to store your shoes, towel, and other items. We strongly suggest leaving all non essential items and valuables at home. Splash bags are available to rent for small items like cash, credit cards, and your ID. If you must bring other items, medium and large dry bags are available to rent. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE.  Leave valuables at home or take them on the water with you in a dry bag. 

Our kayaks are very stable boats and are easy to use for a wide range of ages and sizes. Fear not! Our knowledgeable dock attendants will help you choose the right boat.

All our boats require physical work, but participants do not have to regularly exercise to enjoy their experience. Renters of all sizes and ages generally enjoy their experience on Lady Bird Lake in our boats.

We provide paddles and life preservers for each renter. 

No. As long as parents are on the water with the children and feel comfortable taking them, we allow children of all ages. We do require children to wear life jackets and have sizes specifically for infants, youth, and children, in addition to adult life jackets. 

Minors 8-15 years of age may paddle board only if a parent is on the water and will be next to the minor for the duration of the rental. Minors 16 and older may paddle without a parent on the water with them, but are required to have their parent sign our rental waiver.

Dog are allowed to go out on kayaks, canoes, and Ruff SUPs. We do not allow dogs on our regular stand up paddle boards. As a courtesy to others, all dogs must remain on the leash and under owners control at all times.  We’d love to see you and your pooch for Yappy Hour every Tuesday! 

You might, but most paddle boarders do not. Don’t expect to fall in, but be prepared to fall in. Leave behind anything you don’t want to get wet. If you fall off your board, do not linger in the water. It is very easy to get back on the SUP boards from the water.

We are currently looking into a new rewards program for our frequent paddlers. Check back with us later in the season for more details. 

Not usually. On busy weekends, plan to come earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid crowds. If you have to wait a while, it is very pleasant hanging out at the park in the shade chatting with friends.

You do not need a reservation for regular rentals which we offer on first come, first served basis.  Our specialty rentals are available by reservation and we also offer group reservations.  For more information about group outings and reservations, visit our Group Rentals Page.  

Regular Rentals are our top of the line Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddleboards that are available to rent by the hour on a first come first served basis.

Specialty Rentals are reservation based premium rentals. These include but are not limited to our Pedal Kayaks that offer a hands-free kayaking experience and our Fishing Kayaks that are set up to accommodate you and your gear for a day of fishing on Lady Bird Lake.

No. Unfortunately, we do not have space available.

We encourage you to bring your own beverages in non-glass, reusable containers. If you forget, we sell cold bottled water for $2 and Gatorade for $3.

No. But there is a public dock located directly next to Rowing Dock where you can launch your own watercraft.

No. We do offer fishing kayak reservations, but we do not provide bait or fishing rods and reels.

Instead of an All-Day rate, we offer a competitive MAX Rental Pricing. Structure.  This offers you the flexibility to decide how long you want to paddle once you are on the water vs. having to decide up front.

Regular rental rates are by the hour. We collect payment for the first hour of rentals up front. If you stay out on the water longer than an hour, additional charges will accrue and are prorated by the half hour up to MAX Price per boat.  For clarification, after you reach the MAX Price additional charges do NOT accrue. You will pay your remaining balance when you check your boats back in at the returns window.  

For regular rental items, you are welcome to stay out on the water as long you prefer; however, you must return your boats BEFORE we close. Make sure to check our current hours of operation as they change throughout the year.

We do! We offer 2nd Hour Free rentals Monday – Thursday for active duty Military. We also offer specials on Veterans Day and have an Austin Fire and Police  discount. 

Yappy Hour and College Day are specials we offer each week. Every Tuesday  we offer a Yappy Hour Special all day long. Bring your pup out for a paddle and get your 2nd Hour of rentals free. Every Wednesday is College Day. Bring your college buddy down for a BOGO deal. 

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