Here's how to rent
Find Standup Paddleboards, kayaks, and our friendly staff downstairs in the city's new Waller Creek Boathouse in Fabulous Downtown Austin, at 74 Trinity Street, Austin 78701. Let's start off with a popular question that we answer in our video below:
See it Here - The Video - How to get in a kayak
Never paddled before? We will show you how and help you launch from our docks. For your convenience, spacious indoor restroom facilities are located upstairs where you will also find Alta's Cafe on the patio deck.
What to bring? a renter's valid drivers license is needed for each boat rented, cash or credit card to rent, and a water bottle. Valuables are best left at home or locked in vehicle trunks. We have life vests and pint-sized paddles for kiddos if you think they would like to paddle with you in a kayak. Open cubbies are available for towels and sandal storage. We also can store small items such as keys at our desk.
Are we open year-round? Yes! Weather conditions may affect our hours, so please check our home page for changes.
Safety Tips on the Lake
Paddlers know the traffic pattern is "River Right". Paddle along the right-hand shore.
Small boats (kayaks, SUPs) yield to the larger, faster boats (paddlewheeler, rowing shells).
We advise you if storms are in the area. If necessary, seek shelter at the nearest dock or well under a bridge.
Smart paddlers wear their life vest and guests under 13 must wear the vest per state law.
No alcohol consumption allowed in our boats.
No swimming per city rule - be aware that park rangers have cited for illegal swimming in the lake.
Pack it in, pack it out. Let's Keep Austin Beautiful!
Directions: How to find us
From I-35: We are two blocks West of Interstate 35. Southbound? take exit # 234A (northbound, take #234B) and proceed west on 1st Street/Cesar Chavez to downtown Austin, past Red River Street, to the next signal light at Trinity Street. Turn left onto Trinity where you will see the cul de sac boathouse entrance. Parking is limited.
From MoPac/Loop 1: Take the 1st Street/Cesar Chavez exit and proceed east towards downtown Austin, east through the Congress Avenue intersection, turn right onto Trinity at the third signal light. Follow trail signs or call our desk 809-8916 if we can help with directions.
Parking: most parking in downtown is either metered or pay-to-park garages. The nearest lot we recommend is at 600 River Street, about a 3 minute walk across Waller Creek to the boathouse, at the Mexican American Cultural Center.
Consent Form Here: Please download the Congress Avenue Kayaks' Waiver, fill it out and bring with you at the time of rental.