Enjoy State Parks From a Cool Water View This Summer
Cool water activities are a favorite pastime for enjoying summers in the Upper East Side of Texas. One popular thing to do is paddling across the waters of a state park. Texas Parks & Wildlife (TPW) promises great views from the water with shoreline wildlife like tall herons and kingfishers, along with lovely park vistas unlike any others. Many parks offer rentals of kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. Here are a few:
Atlanta. Canoe rentals available year-round for exploring Wright Patman Lake with towering pines and hardwoods. 903.796.6476. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/atlanta.
Bonham. Kayak and canoe rentals available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for paddling on the park’s man-made lake, built in 1935. 903.583.5022. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bonham
Caddo Lake. Canoe rentals available to wind through the maze of bayous, sloughs and ponds among bald cypress trees draped with Spanish moss on the only natural lake in Texas. 903.679.3351. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/caddo-lake
Cooper Lake. Sulphur Springs. Kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals available with plenty of room to roam with two park units. Doctors Creek, 903.395.3100 and South Sulphur, 903.945.5256. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cooper-lake
Daingerfield. The park rents paddle boats, paddle boards, canoes, kayaks, and flat bottom boats. 903.645.2921. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/daingerfield
Eisenhower. Denison. Lots of room on Lake Texoma to paddle around. Check out Eisenhower Yacht Club marina for snacks, drinks, ice, and more. They also rent kayaks and canoes as well as pontoon boats and stand-up paddle boards. 903.463.3999. www.eisenhoweryachtclub.com.
Purtis Creek. 14225 FM 316, Eustace, TX 75124. 903.425.2332. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/purtis-creek
Tyler. The park rents canoes, paddleboats, kayaks, bike boats, and johnboats year-round. 903.597.5338. www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/tyler
TPW recommends beginners take a free online paddling course on www.boaterexam.com/paddling and always practice safety tips like wearing a life jacket (included with boat rentals) and filing a float plan.
Go to websites noted above to find out more about each individual park, including other fun things to do in each area.