San Antonio River Paddling Trails

***RULES TO PREVENT SPREAD OF ZEBRA MUSSELS*** PERSONS LEAVING OR APPROACHING PUBLIC FRESH WATER ARE REQUIRED TO DRAIN ALL WATER FROM THEIR VESSELS AND ON-BOARD RECEPTACLES. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

Paddling Safety

Have fun and be prepared. If paddling within the San Antonio City Limits, prepare for a river in a natural condition, and along the Mission Reach, there will be occasional paddling chutes through restored riffles. If paddling outside the San Antonio City Limits, prepare for a river in a natural, rural condition with limited access points. At all times, please use the designated access points and respect private property. Rivers are ever-changing dynamic systems with inherent dangers, so please remember the following safety tips.

  • Plan your trip so that your paddling skills are equal to the water conditions and proceed at your own risk.
  • Never paddle alone and tell someone not paddling with you of your paddling plan.
  • Make sure your equipment (canoe or kayak) is in proper working order; no inflatable boats or water craft.
  • Check weather and river conditions prior to paddling to ensure that paddling trails are safe to use.
  • Always use personal flotation devices and bring a whistle or other sound producing device for use in emergency situations.
  • Wear protective footgear and carry drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Pack out your trash to help preserve the river; No glass or Styrofoam containers.
  • Contact 911 for all emergencies and 311 for all non-emergencies.
  • Please do not feed the wildlife and keep your pets on a leash.

For more river safety tips, please visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Paddling Vendors:

Texas Pack and Paddle http://txpaddlesports.com/ 210-857-2565 (text only)

Mission Kayak http://www.missionkayak.com/ 210-849-2958

SUPSATX http://www.supsatx.com/ 210-850-2210

King William, Eagleland and Mission Reach Paddling Trails

The City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department has a policy allowing citizens to engage in non-motorized water recreation activities in specified bodies of water within the city limits. As of August 1, 2011, no permit will be required for this activity. Please note that boundaries for non-motorized water recreation activity within the city limits are subject to change by the City of San Antonio in consultation with SARA.

There are currently three locations on the San Antonio River within the city limits where non-motorized water recreation activity is allowed by the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department:

King William Zone, San Antonio River

Launch & Recovery Area: Guenther Street by San Antonio River Authority, 100 E. Guenther

Boundary: Nueva Street to Alamo Street

Please note that the King William and Eagleland Zones are not connected and are more than 1 mile apart. Participants choosing to utilize both zones must port watercraft 1 mile between zones.

Eagleland Zone, San Antonio River

Launch & Recovery Area: Between Eagleland and Lone Star (approximately 20 feet north of railroad bridge)

Boundary: Lone Star railroad trellis to Alamo Street

Mission Reach Paddling Trail, San Antonio River

The first section of the Mission Reach Paddling Trail is now open for public access and public comment. If you have paddled the trail, please leave feedback on your experience by clicking here.

Extent of Paddling Trail: downstream of Mission Road and the low water crossing at Camino Coahuilteca.

There are multiple Access Points are marked with a blue pole.

The total trail is approximately 6 miles. This section of the river includes riffle structures that were constructed to improve aquatic habitat. Each of the riffle structures is equipped with a paddling chute that allows paddlers to traverse through the riffle.

Click the image below for the overall Mission Reach Map.

Mission Reach Map

As construction is completed on the Mission Reach Project, SARA and the City of San Antonio will determine when and which sections of the Mission Reach are safe and will be made available for paddling recreation. For updates to this information and for further information about paddle recreation opportunities along the San Antonio River, please visit www.sanantonioriver.org. You can also follow SARA on Facebook and Twitter to receive information related to the San Antonio River.

For more information about other areas within the city limits open for non-motorized water recreation and for a list of City of rules and regulations, please visit the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department online.

Flow Rate

Site Number USGS Station Name Flow Sample Time Flow Volume
08178050 San Antonio River at Mitchell Street, San Antonio, TX 11/27 at 2:30 PM 10 ft3/s
ft3/s—Cubic Feet per Second  |  NA—Data is not currently available

Saspamco Paddling Trail

River length: 12.1 miles
Float time: varies depending on flow

River Access Site Hours: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

 

Saspamco Paddling Trail Paddling trail entrance from 1604 1604 over San Antonio River at put in point Down stream from put in point River access as put in point Down stream at take out point (Helton Park)

 

Stretching twelve miles along the San Antonio River through southern Bexar and northern Wilson Counties, the Saspamco Paddling Trail will offer a paddling adventure that is unmatched in the San Antonio area.

The trail begins at SARA's river access site on Loop 1604 in Bexar County and ends at John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park near Calaveras, Texas. Although the John William Helton San Antonio River Nature Park is not scheduled to be fully operational for several years, the river access site will be the first area to open and allow visitors a glimpse of future park offerings.

You may be wondering, "what is the origin of the name Saspamco?" Saspamco is a small community in southern Bexar County whose name is an acronym for the the San Antonio Sewer Pipe Manufacturing Company, a company that was the predominant employer in the community until the 1960's. The company has since closed, but the name has remained.

Click here for TPWD paddling trail information

Driving Directions

Note Directions go from the take out point to the put in point.


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Flow Rate

Site Number USGS Station Name Flow Sample Time Flow Volume
08181800 San Antonio River near Elmendorf, TX 11/27 at 2:30 PM 128 ft3/s
ft3/s—Cubic Feet per Second  |  NA—Data is not currently available

Goliad Paddling Trail

The Goliad Paddling Trail is a leisurely 6.6 mile trip from US Highway 59 to Goliad State Park. This trail has been officially designated a Texas Inland Paddling Trail and is a partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the San Antonio River Authority, TxDOT, Goliad County and the citizen nonprofit group Canoe Trail Goliad, Inc.

Click here for TPWD paddling trail information.

Note Directions go from the take out point to the put in point.


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Flow Rate

Site Number USGS Station Name Flow Sample Time Flow Volume
08188500 San Antonio River at Goliad, TX 11/27 at 3:00 PM 799 ft3/s
ft3/s—Cubic Feet per Second  |  NA—Data is not currently available