Backwoods Paddle Sports

480 North Taylor Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Looking for a unique Fort Worth activity? Check out Backwoods Paddle Sports at Panther Island. This is an incredibly unique way to spend an afternoon with friends while catching a breathtaking view of Downtown Cowtown!

They have several different ways to get out on the river including a Canoe, Paddle board, or Kayak. Not an expert in water sports? No problem! You can be a total beginner and the friendly staff provide great instruction and user friendly equipment. 

Perhaps my favorite part of this experience is that my Dog Riley could come along. All watercrafts are dog friendly and they provide pet life vest rentals for $5
Riley, my husband, and myself made the trip down to the launching spot at 480 N. Taylor Street. There is metered parking available which is free after 6PM on Saturday and all day Sunday.

A short walk from the parking lot leads you to Backwoods paddle sports Headquarters which is an open trailer near the river. There is no need for a reservation and there has never been more than a 5 minute wait when we are there.

Before we knew it we all had our life jackets on and met an instructor in the river who had our canoe waiting for us. We brought our own water but they do have water and Gatorade available for purchase. They also allow alcohol except during Panther Island Sponsored events.

A final push off and we set off down the river! Riley almost capsized the canoe a few times while trying to chase birds but we finally found our balance and rhythm. It was a beautiful view from the river watching runners and cyclists on the trail as well as spotting wildlife like turtles and cranes. At the turn around point, downtown slowly comes into view which is absolutely amazing!
Such a great way to experience Fort Worth! See below for rates and hours of operation:
Monday-Sunday 10AM-7PM
Single Paddle Board- $15 per hour, $7.50 with each additional ½ hour
Singe Kayak- $15 per hour, $7.50 with each additional ½ hour
Tandem Kayak- $25 per hour, $12.50 with each additional ½ hour
Canoe- $25 per hour, $12.50 with each additional ½ hour
Paddles and Human life jackets are included in price.
Drybags, lockers, and dog life jackets are also available for rent

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