Lou's Canoes

Welcomes You to Historic Gonzales, Tx!

Welcome to GONZALES!


Just call 830-339-3066 to reserve a time to pick -up your rental for canoes, paddleboards, kayaks or tubes.  Launch into the Guadalupe River from the Independence Brickyard, right behind Lou's Canoes.  It takes approximately 1 to 3 hours to float the Independence Paddling Trail. Our shuttle service will pick you up at the end of the paddling trail, right before the 183 bridge. 


Don't forget your BAIT!

Lou's Canoes Bait Shack stocks shiners, goldfish, black salties, chicken livers, tackle and more!


Cold ice, snacks, drinks, we have everything. 


Check out our cool selection of gear, personally selected by Lou, including knives, self protection devices, canes, sunglasses, and Tilley's hats.  

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Independence Park Paddling Trail

Trail Length: ~2.6 mile loop

Float Times: ~1-2 hours per trail (depending on water level, flow rate, and wind speed)

Enjoy this scenic 2.6-mile loop paddling trail on the Guadalupe River. This trail is perfect for beginners and families since no shuttle is needed!

Come and Take It  Paddling Trail

Trail Length: ~11 miles

Float Times: ~4-6 hours per trail (depending on water level, flow rate, and wind speed)

This 11-mile trail offers more experienced paddlers looking for a longer trip the opportunity to explore the relatively slow-moving Guadalupe River.


lou's canoes carries tilley's enturables for men and women!

Paddling Trails

Gonzales, Texas

Paddle the Guadalupe River

If you enjoy kayaking, then Gonzales is the place for you. The town sits on the northern bank of the Guadalupe River, a major Texas river that offers conditions perfect for kayakers. Along with all the scenic beauty, the Guadalupe River’s slow flow means it’s easy to traverse for inexperienced paddlers. Plus, there are more than 13 miles of paddling trails, so there’s plenty of area to explore. For a quick jaunt on the water that’s friendly for all ages and skill levels, head to the Independence Paddling Trail, located in Independence Park. This 2.6-mile-long loop is lined with tall trees that provide plenty of shade and the perfect place to spend a few hours on the water.

Are you feeling a bit more ambitious? Then you’ll find the 11-mile Come and Take It Paddling Trail more to your liking. The trail begins at Lake Wood Park and winds past towering pecan, sycamore, and cypress trees, and the intersection of the Guadalupe and San Marcos rivers, until it reaches Independence Park. A slow current makes the trail easy to traverse, but if you’re not an experienced kayaker, you may find it a challenge due to the length of the trail and a dearth of places to rest.

Regardless of the trail you take on, you’re in for a treat. The Guadalupe River is rich with wildlife, making it a great place to do some birdwatching and some catfish and bass fishing. Whether you’re in the mood for an epic adventure or a quick jaunt on the water, you’ll find both in Gonzales.

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Opening Hours

Tuesday - Sunday: 9am - 7pm
Closed Most Mondays


Contact Us



82 Independence Brickyard Dr.
Gonzales, Tx

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