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.
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 offers fun, exciting and safe kayak and canoe instruction on lakes and rivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Kayak Instruction, Inc.
8410 Seafield Lane
Rowlett, Texas 75089
Kayak rentals, kayak pick-up and deliver as well as instruction.
381 Casa Linda Plaza, PMB 311
Dallas, Texas 75218
Offers kayak and canoe rentals, also guided trips and paddling instruction.
Canoes and kayaks for sale.
Paddle Bound River Outfitters
Phone: 817-282-3135 or 817-909-3935
Rent canoes/kayaks, teach kayaking and canoeing.
Trinity River Expeditions
Guided trips, rental of canoes and kayaks, shuttle service, trailer rental and canoe instruction.
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