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Paddling Trails

IMG_4536Paddling 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.

Zebra Mussel Threat

State regulations require draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public fresh waters to prevent the spread of Zebra Mussels. Learn more from the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

San Antonio River Paddling Trail Information

Approved Paddling Vendors within San Antonio City Limits:

Mission Adventure Tours – 210-383-0872

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

King William Zone, Bexar County
Eagleland Zone, Bexar County
Mission Reach Paddling Trail, Bexar County
Saspamco Paddling Trail, Bexar and Wilson counties
Goliad Paddling Trail, Goliad County