Paddle on Lady Bird Lake in Austin

Lady Bird Lake Austin Texas

Located right outside of Downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake is an amazing escape into nature! This section of the Colorado River is naturally spring fed and is great for canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding!

Getting There: Lady Bird Lake is located just South of Downtown Austin. One of many ways to access Lady Bird Lake is from Zilker Metropolitan Park and Barton Springs Pool. Free parking is available in the park with direct access to Barton Creek. It is here, that you can launch your own personal boat, or rent a kayak, sup or canoe from Zilker Park Boat Rentals (Call for Rates 512-478-3852). Barton Creek is a natural spring that feeds directly in to Lady Bird Lake. The cool, crystal clear water allows you to see straight to the bottom! Hundreds of turtles and other wildlife can be seen as you paddle your way to the open waters of Lady Bird Lake. Once in the open waters, enjoy an amazing view of Downtown Austin!

Other Activities: Barton Springs Pool, Hiking/Running Trails, Picnic Areas

Pack List

  • Sunscreen & Sun Protection
  • Snacks & Water
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera
  • Dry-sack
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Kayaking, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Must Visit In Austin

Lady Bird Lake, aka Towne Lake, is a must see when visiting Austin. Consider renting kayaks, canoes, row boats, and stand up paddle boards. There's usually a coupon you can find online. Parking can be a bit of a hassle. Consider parking by just past the rowing docks on Stratford on the west side of mopac, south of the lake. Check out Barton Springs and Magnolia Cafe, an Austin favorite after a dip in the water. If you have pups, try the Barton creek off-leash area just east of Barton springs. You park in the Barton springs lot and walk left passed the entrance. Or arboretum shores has an off-leash area. It's on google maps.

Great way to spend an afternoon!

Lady Bird Lake is such a fun active locale in downtown Austin. We stopped and rented kayaks and a SUP one weekend before heading back to Houston, and we could not have spent a sunny afternoon in a better way. Afterwards go to P. Terry's Burger Stand on S Lamar right around the corner for some of the best burgers & milkshakes in TX...or to Shady Grove if you have more time to spare for delicious chips & queso!


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