Texas Brazos Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Water Recreation

Rafters in the river
Rafting the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park


Texas may have a reputation as dry, dusty cowboy country but that’s only because Hollywood westerns don’t usually feature waterskiing, world class bass fishing, and kayak trails, three things of which Texas has more than its share. Freshwater lakes and rivers populate the state like an oasis-rich desert, not to mention the state’s 624 miles of beaches and coastline, offering every kind of water recreation imaginable. We even have our own scuba diving reef network, created by sinking abandoned offshore oil derricks, wrecked car bodies, and ships. Due to the state’s long, hot summers water activities may be Texas’ number one outdoor recreation, meaning Texans are fishing, swimming, boating, paddling, surfing, “toobing”, or simply floating lazily somewhere in the state every day during the summer months. The Hill Country’s chain of lakes, the enormous Red River impoundment known as Lake Texoma, south Texas’ Choke Canyon Reservoir, the lakes of east Texas, and the international reservoir in southwest Texas called Amistad provide plenty of opportunities to get wet. If you prefer rivers try the San Marcos, the Guadalupe, the Brazos, the Pecos, or the crystal clear Devils in west Texas. Like the sand and surf? Hit the beach. The entire Gulf of Mexico is all yours. Jump in!

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