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Spring Lake Kayak Tours

COVID-19 UPDATES: Spring Lake is open to the public. Glass-bottom boat tour tickets are available at the Ticket Kiosk (no online registration required). Private boat tours must be booked online 72 hours in advance. More information.

Underwater view of kayak on Spring Lake

The Meadows Center is excited to bring back kayak tours! This tour provides low-impact educational fun on top of the spring-fed, crystal clear waters of Spring Lake. The water here is 72 degrees year-round, home to seven endangered and threatened species, and one of the longest persistently inhabited sites in North America. This program aims to connect guests to the wonders of our local ecosystem and our relationship with the environment.

Tour minimum is 2 participants, maximum is 8 participants. If you are a group of 6-10 that is wanting to book a specific time, please contact our Education Office at springlaketours@txstate.edu or (512) 245-7540.

Courses Offered

1.5-Hour Kayak Tour, $40/person (minimum of 2 participants)

The 1.5-hour experience includes:

  • Introduction to the unique history and habitat of Spring Lake

  • Check-in, safety and skills debrief

  • Hour-long guided on water kayak tour 

  • Life jackets, paddles, and kayaks will be provided to all guests. Previous paddling experience is recommended. Life jackets must be worn correctly at all times.

1.5-Hour Kayak Sunset Tour, $45/person (minimum of 2 participants)

Coming Soon!

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  • 1.5-Hour Kayak Tour, $40/person (minimum of 2 participants)

    Sunday, September 19: 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. (8 spots)

    Friday, September 24: 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. (8 spots)

    Friday, October 1: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (8 spots)

    Sunday, October 3: 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. (8 spots)

    Friday, October 8: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (8 spots)

    Saturday, October 9: 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. (8 spots)

    Friday, October 15: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (8 spots)

    Sunday, October 17: 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. (8 spots)

*For more information, please email springlaketours@txstate.edu or call the Education Office at 512.245.7540.

  • Kayak tours are limited to paddlers aged 12 and up. Participants must be able to paddle their own boat and be able to stay with the group. Comfort around deep water and experience with paddling is required. 

    All participants should be in good mental and physical fitness for paddling.  A signed waiver is required for all participants stating that they will not hold Texas State University or the Meadows Center liable for any injury that may occur. 

  • Cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.  If a cancellation is made less than 24 hours prior to the event, you will receive half of the total amount paid. The amount refunded will be applied to the credit card that was used for payment. 

  • All visitors are required to display a parking permit Monday at 8am through Friday at 5:00 p.m. to park in the Meadows Center parking lot. One-day temporary permits are available for $3 at the pay-and-display station located near the ticket kiosk, or online through the Pay-by-App. The the pay-and-display station only accepts credit and debit cards.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • All you need to bring is clothes that can potentially get wet, towel, and shoes that can get a little wet.  All other gear will be provided by the Meadows Center. Please make sure that any clothing or personal items that may get in the lake is recently washed to help us prevent the introduction of zebra mussels into the lake.

    • As with all of our tours, we will not hold tours if there are high winds, significant, rain, lightning, or any other dangerous weather conditions. We will alert you if we have to cancel prior to your tour starting. An opportunity to reschedule or full refunds will be offered if tours end up being cancelled due to weather.

    • No, we do not.  Due to the limited space on our tours, we require booking your tour in advance.

    • Give us a call at (512) 245-7590 or email us at springlaketours@txstate.edu.