Brazos River & Paddling Trails Information

Paddling Trail Map & Lengths

Paddling Trails Map

Waco Paddling Trails Map (pdf)

Bosque Bluffs Paddling Trail – 2.2-mile loop
Brazos Bridges Paddling Trail – 4.8-mile loop


Paddling Float Time

1 to 3 hours per trail (depending on water level, flow rate and wind speed).

*These paddling trails were designed for beginning or novice paddlers, with no shuttle or portage necessary.

Video About the Paddling Trails

Cameron Park Paddling Trails from WCCC.TV - City of Waco

Take a relaxing tour of one of Waco’s best kept secrets, the Cameron Park Paddling Trails.

River Conditions

This trail offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the quiet serenity of nature while paddling through the parks and riparian corridors of Waco. Although there are no man-made obstructions on either of these trails, there may be snags to avoid, especially when water levels are low. Heavy rains and high water can create dangerous conditions.

The Brazos and Bosque Rivers are readily influenced by rainfall runoff that may create temporary high flows and undesirable water quality conditions. Flow and water quality information is available to paddlers on the Brazos River Authority's website.


River Rules

Slow 'No-Wake Zone' in the following areas:

  • On Lake Brazos (downtown area), between the Waco Drive Bridge and 200 yards from the Lake Brazos Dam, just past McLane Stadium
  • In the area of the Brazos Park East boat ramp, between the Bosque River and the MLK Jr., Bridge.
  • On the Bosque River, between Brazos Park East and the Lakeshore Drive bridge.

Recreational water sports are only allowed upstream on the Brazos River, starting at the MLK Jr. Blvd bridge.

It is prohibited to create a wake or wash that is hazardous to other watercrafts or persons while on Lake Brazos.

Fishing on the River

Channel, blue, and flathead catfish; smallmouth buffalo; common carp; largemouth bass; white bass; and crappie are all possible on these trails. Catfish, buffalo, and carp require stout tackle and natural baits. Bass and crappie are caught on jigs, plastic worms, spinner baits, or minnows.

Local Activities: Cameron Park

More than 20 miles of hike and bike trails weave through natural vegetation and limestone cliffs. The park also encompasses Cameron Park Zoom splash pads, playgrounds, disc golf courses and picnic areas perfect for families. (254) 750-5980


This trail was made possible through a partnership between the City of Waco, Waco Paddle Club, McLennan Community College and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

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