River Walk Safety Requirements

Non-motorized water craft are allowed in three areas of the River Walk. Please note, these trails are not connected and users will need to use the proper access points to move between them over land.

  • Historic Downtown Section, near the King William District, between Nueva and South Alamo Street, with the access point off of East Guenther Street.
  • Eagleland Section between South Alamo Street and the railroad bridge north of Lone Star Boulevard, with the access point just north of the railroad bridge.
  • Mission Reach from Lone Star Boulevard to south of Loop 410 near Mission Espada.

Rivers are ever-changing, dynamic systems with inherent dangers, so please remember the following safety tips:

  • Inflatable boats or water craft, paddle boats and stand-up paddle boards are not allowed.
  • Make sure your paddling skills are equal to the water conditions and proceed at your own risk.
  • Paddle with at least one other person.
  • Know your limits of swimmer rescue and self-rescue on
  • Tell someone not paddling with you of your paddling plan and stick to your plan.
  • Make sure your equipment (canoe or kayak) is in proper working order.
  • Check weather and river conditions prior to paddling.
  • Always have a properly adjusted, Coast Guard approved personal flotation device and bring a whistle or other sound producing device for use in emergency situations.
  • Reduce injuries by wearing protective footgear and carrying drinking water, sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Pack out your trash to help preserve the river; no glass or styrofoam containers.
  • Please do not feel the wildlife and keep your pets on a leash.

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