Section of SA River open to kayakers, canoers

New outfitter supplying canoes, kayaks to rive­r-goers

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio River Walk is one of the most scenic and visited spots in the state of Texas. Now there's a new way for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the river -- by kayak or canoe.

"What’s nice is they haven't historically allowed people down here," said Stacy Banta, who owns he own outfitter company, Texas Paddle Sports, which takes people on kayak trips all around South Texas.

The area of the river open for paddling pleasure is between Nueva and South Alamo streets.

“It’s really a great place for folks who might be beginning to experience the paddle recreation sport and come down here and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the San Antonio River," said Steven Schauer, with the San Antonio River Authority.

Paddlers can put in just off Guenther Street, next door to the SARA offices. "I think for tourists and for people of San Antonio, it will become pretty popular," Banta said.

The trip is about a mile and a half up and back. This fall, paddlers will be able to experience a new stretch along the Mission Reach project. A two-mile ride will open between Mission Road and Espada Park.

Then, next year, more paddle trails will open. "We want to get folks out enjoying the river," said Schauer.

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