Are you one of the many people across the country that love the water! If you are then you are sure to have tried or are wanting to try out a canoeing or kayaking trip. If this is a pastime that you are interested in, Texas is a great place to start. Canoeing and kayaking is paddling in a small lightweight boat that is used by a single person or several people depending in the style of the canoe or kayak that you are using. They each use a paddle to propel them through the water. So what’s the difference? In a canoe, the paddler kneels on the bottom of the boat or sits on a raised seat where in a kayak, the paddler sits on a low seat with their legs out in front. Another difference is that a canoe paddle has a blade on one end while a kayak paddle has blades at both ends. You do not need to be in water that has a current to enjoy a kayak or a canoe. They are fun for any age and most people can learn to use and enjoy them. Texas has over 70 official paddling trails that you can use to enjoy a trip with family or friends. The scenery that you can take in is amazing and you are sure to come across a plethora of plants, animals and sea life.
The great thing about kayaking and canoeing is that you can do it at about any age. It is a family friendly activity that you can do on occasion or every weekend. Another great thing about paddling is that you are in the water so you can also enjoy fishing and swimming. This is a great way to break up a paddling trip. Kayaking and canoeing has grown substantially in the last 10 years and more and more people are enjoying the great Texas outdoors.
Inland trails offer great ways to stick to streams and rivers and not have to head to the coast for a paddling experience. If you are in the Austin area you can take one of the 11 loops in the Lady Bird Lake. There are different varieties of paddling options that you can choose from three mile to eleven mile stretches. If you are in the Beaumont Area you can visit a beautiful nearly five mile loop that has a variety of wildlife and plants. The Cooks Lake and Scatterman Paddling Trail also goes through some great trees and different types of land including swamp. If you want to paddle a lake you can come to Waco and visit the Bosque Bluffs that has a great trail for beginners and experienced paddlers.
Texas Heritage Protection invites you to take on a trail and paddle your way through the great state of Texas!