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Lake Arlington Paddling Trail

Lake Arlington Paddling Trail is the first paddling trail in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as the first flat-water paddling trail in Texas. The construction of Lake Arlington started on May 15, 1956 and finished on July 19, 1957. The lake serves area residents as a recreational and fishing spot and provides water for the City of Arlington. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our lake safe and clean!

Lake Arlington Paddling Trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk. For your safety, do not remain on the trail outside of these hours.

Lake Passes
Daily: $5
Annual: $30
Seniors Annual: $15

Put-In / Take-Out areas are marked by signs. Please launch and dock from these designated areas. 


Richard Simpson Park
6300 W. Arkansas Lane 76016
32° 42' 45.9" N
97° 12' 07.7" W

Eugene McCray Park
3449 Quail Road 76119
32° 42' 53.5" N
97° 13' 08.5" W

Bowman Springs Park
7003 Poly Webb Road 76016
32° 41' 24.9" N
97° 13' 03.4" W

Trail Description & Landmarks
Paddling Trail Length: ~ 10.9 miles total
~ 4 miles from Richard Simpson Park to Eugene McCray Park
~ 7 miles from Eugene McCray Park to Bowman Springs Park
Float Time: ~ 3-6 hours (depending on water level, flow rate and wind speed)
Please note: Official trail does not connect between Bowman Springs Park and Richard Simpson Park on the eastern edge of the lake. 

Shuttles and Rentals

Cutter Aquatics
Phone: 817-354-6853
Email: info@cutteraquatics.com
Web: http://www.CutterAquatics.com
Cutter Aquatics offers fun, exciting and safe kayak and canoe instruction on lakes and rivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Flatwater Kayaks
Phone: 817-451-9230
Email: rentals@flatwaterkayak.com
Website: http://www.flatwaterkayak.com
Rental of Victory Blast kayaks, life vests and paddles.

Kayak Instruction, Inc.
8410 Seafield Lane
Rowlett, Texas 75089
Phone: 972-412-7691
Website: http://www.kayakinstruct.com
Kayak rentals, kayak pick-up and deliver as well as instruction.

Kayak Power
381 Casa Linda Plaza, PMB 311
Dallas, Texas 75218
Phone: 214-669-1663
Website: http://www.kayakpower.com
Offers kayak and canoe rentals, also guided trips and paddling instruction.

Mountain Sports
Phone: 817-461-4503
Canoes and kayaks for sale.

Paddle Bound River Outfitters
Phone: 817-282-3135 or 817-909-3935
Website: http://www.paddlebound.com
Rent canoes/kayaks, teach kayaking and canoeing.

Trinity River Expeditions
Phone: 214-941-1757
Website: http://www.canoedallas.com
Guided trips, rental of canoes and kayaks, shuttle service, trailer rental and canoe instruction.

Paddling Clubs
Dallas Downriver Club
Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex

North Texas River Runners
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

More Information and Organizations
American Canoe Association

Texas Canoe Racing Association

Texas River Recreation Association

United States Canoe Association

Last modified on Thursday, 14 August 2014 16:32
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