Hours & Rates

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   Open at 9:00 a.m.

It's Fall! Last Boats Launched 75 minutes prior to closing.    Gates Close at 5:30 p.m.

For weather-related changes, please visit our News on our home page.

We will be closed Thursday-Thanksgiving Day - Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Kayaks and SUPs By the Hour:   single kayak $10   2-person kayak  $15     Standup Paddleboard  $20 

Half-day kayak rental is $25 (4 hrs.), offered until 1 p.m.

Each kayak or SUP rented requires the renter's driver's license for the paddling duration.

Age Minimum?  no minimum for kayak paddlers when accompanied by an adult, otherwise 16 years if unaccompanied.  SUP guests min. age is 16 if alone and 13 yrs min. if accompanied by parent.  One guest per board.

We boat all guests as you walk-up, so no reservations are needed. Meet your friends at our shaded picnic tables or enjoy a beverage upstairs at Alta's Cafe .

Here is our Pet policy: Dogs are welcomed in our kayaks but not on our boards.

Yes, we have indoor restroom facilities available upstairs next to the Cafe in the Boathouse.

November & December Guided Tours

Guided Downtown Tour of Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake.   Every Friday morning, and special mornings during Thanksgiving week, you can discover  five Austin landmarks that few people get to see -  a thrill to see Congress Avenue Bridge towering overhead as you cross under!   Perfect tour to reserve for newcomers, as lead by our informed guides and over 30 years of experience on Lady Bird/Town Lake.  Guided Downtown Tour reserved time is 9:30-11:00 a.m. and continues into December.  Reserve a tour kayak at "Book It" on our home page.  Tour fee is $15 per person. 

Our popular  guided Bat Tours have ended for 2015.  Thank you for coming out this year!  As bats return to Austin in April, we will again offer our tours.  To book, visit our home page.

Yes, we offer Group Rates with advance reservations, whether for corporate team-building or just plain paddling fun.  Write us at info@congresskayaks.com to get on our calendar and let us make suggestions to fit your group!

Parking:    Metered parking is available in the downtown area, but the best is 1 block east of the boathouse,  600 River Street,  at the Mexican American Cultural Center.  MACC Directions:  from Cesar Chavez/1st St. proceed to southbound I-35 access road, pass the IHOP, bear right to River Street stop sign, turn right onto River Street and head into the MACC directly ahead, aim right to park.   A black iron gate to the trail points to crossing Waller Creek and towards the boathouse, about a 3 minute walk.  Sunday parking is free at metered spaces.

Our rentals include a life vest and paddle and boats are equipped with seatbacks for your comfort.  A renter's valid drivers license is required for each boat rented.  Cash and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) happily accepted.