Canoeing & Kayaking

A paddler in a yellow canoe is headed down the reddish-orange Canadian River.  There are green cottonwoods in the background.  The paddler has on a blue shirt and hat.
A paddler floats down the Canadian River

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Paddling in a kayak is unique in its own right, but the experience is even better when it’s done in a place as beautiful as Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. Wildlife viewing in the outdoors allows for an unforgettable kayaking experience and a fun way to explore Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.
Check weather conditions often as weather can change suddenly.

Paddling activities can improve upper body strength, reduce stress levels, and aide in weight loss. Non-motorized vessels such as canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks do not need registration. Always remember to wear your PFD (life jacket) properly. Please follow all safety warnings when you are on any body of water, no matter how shallow or deep.

Paddling at night:
You must carry one bright white light that can be located in time to prevent a collision. It is recommended you carry a lantern, flashlight, or other attached white light visible from 360 degrees. Regulations state canoes, kayaks, and all other manually driven vessels shall exhibit sidelights and a sternlight, and shall exhibit at least one bright light, lantern, or flashlight from sunset to sunrise when not at dock. Safety first always.

Blue ocean kayak ready for visitors...sitting in the green grasses in the wetlands.
Blue ocean kayak used on the Paddle Up Tour

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New to kayaking or don't have your own equipment? Here are options:

  1. Wright-On Bait, Tackle and Watercraft Rental: This park vendor is located at the Sanford-Yake boat ramp and rents kayaks, paddleboards, and pontoon boats.
  2. The park offers Ranger-guided kayaking trips at Spring Canyon to be announced at a later date.
  3. Check the Ranger Guided Hikes page later for the kayak trip schedule. Please call Park Headquarters at (806)-857-3151, 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m., Monday- Friday to make reservations. Reservations are required.

Special Notice:

Keep Invasive Non-Native Mussels Out Of Lake Meredith NRA

Zebra and quagga mussels (nuisance invasive species) have not yet invaded Lake Meredith. In order to avoid contaminating the lake, please follow the suggestions below. LIsted below are some effective ways boaters, personal watercraft, canoe, kayak users, and fisherman can ensure their boats, vehicles, trailers, and other equipment do not spread mussels to other waters:

1. Drain the water from your motor, live well, and bilge on land before leaving the immediate area of the lake.

2. Completely inspect your vessel and trailer, removing any visible mussels, but also feel for any rough or gritty spots on the hull. These may be young mussels and can be hard to see.

3. Wash the hull, equipment, bilge and any other exposed surface with hot, soapy water or use a 5% solution of household bleach.

4. Clean and wash your trailer, truck or any other equipment that comes in contact with lake water. Mussels can live in small pockets anywhere water collects.

5. Air-dry the boat and other equipment for at least five days before launching in any other waterway. Do not reuse bait once it has been exposed to infested waters.

Keep Zebra and Quagga mussels out of the lakes we love.

Last updated: May 14, 2020

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P.O. Box 1460
Fritch, TX 79036


(806) 857-3151

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