Welcome to Zilker Park Boat Rentals

A Bit of Paradise Ten Minutes From Downtown Austin


Zilker Park Boat Rentals was established in 1969, shortly after Howard Barnett drove across the Lamar Street bridge and noticed the beauty and serenity of Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake). He wanted to share that beauty with the town he loved, so he opened a canoe rental on the banks of a creek, just downstream from Barton Springs Swimming Pool. He and his wife, Dorothy, and their four-year-old daughter rented out their nine canoes on weekends while Howard worked for the Texas Park and Wildlife Department. Together they built the business to the environmentally friendly and family oriented establishment that it is today. With over 100 canoes and kayaks and reasonable prices, Zilker Park Boat Rentals is the perfect place to bring friends and family to enjoy a relaxing outing on the water. Watch this YouTube Video.

We now have stand up kayaks/paddle boards.

You can’t see us from the road because we are located on Barton Creek between Barton Springs Swimming Pool and the bridge on Barton Springs Road, but if you’ll Google Map 2101 Andrew Zilker Road, you can find us.


Weekends: 9 A.M. until dark*

Weekdays: 10 A.M. until dark*

Now open 7 days a week, weather permitting.

*Actually, we want all the boats locked up and employees out of the park by dark for safety reasons. "Dark" is relative to the seasons.

Please call before coming down to make sure that we are open when the weather is questionable.  (512) 478-3852.

RATES $12.00/ hour, $40.00 All Day.  Cash only.  No credit cards, no personal checks.

Load limits for canoes:  Three adults, or two adults and two small children.

Dogs are welcome although we do not provide life jackets for them.

We do not take reservations.

Picture ID required for rental.

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