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Kayaking brings adventure to downtown Fort Worth

by Jim Douglas | Sep 10, 2012

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 6:06 PM
Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 6:37 PM

FORT WORTH — The Backwoods outdoors store hoped for good Labor Day weekend crowds for its newkayaking and canoe rental service on the Trinity River in Fort Worth.

It was swamped on Monday.

"More than we expected, for sure," said Ira Ralston as he hustled from customer to customer.

People just kept pouring down the hill from downtown to the launching point at the base of Taylor Street.

Ralston raced to get boats in the water. Other customers waited patiently in line, enjoying the shade and the whole idea of downtown river recreation.

"Great idea," said Steve Ullrich. "Gives us a chance to get out and have some fun on the water."

Ullrich, his wife, and daughter rented two kayaks. It's $10 an hour for a single, or $15 for a double.

"We only have 16 boats in our fleet," Ralston said. "They're all in the water right now. We've got 20 to 30-minute waits on boats right now."

You can paddle for more than an hour down the West Fork of the Trinity, or about 30 minutes down the Clear Fork before turning around. Backwoods expects to have kayaks in the Trinity through mid October, weather permitting.

For those who want a more challenging ride, Aloha Paddleboards has a kiosk in the same spot near Panther Island Pavilion.

Be sure to bring cold drinks and sunscreen.