Kayaking

Questions & Answers

Q: Where is Mission Adventure Tours located?

A: Mission Adventure Tours does not operate out of a store or building instead we meet you at pre determined meeting locations.  Please refer to your conformation email for the exact address of where to meet. You can also check out our KAYAKING LOCATIONS page the addresses of our different meeting locations and interactive maps.

Q: Can we bring liquor or beer on our kayak trip?

A: Absolutely NOT!!! The San Antonio River Athority has strict rules about consuming any type of alcohol (this includes liquor &  beer) while recreating on the river.  Please refer to the San Antonio River Authority’s Concession Permit for Commercial Water Craft & Guide Services on the San Antonio River. The 8th bullet on page 6 under Usage Regulations states “NO ALCHOL OR GLASS CONTAINERS ARE ALLOWED." Click here full regulation in PDF format.  This is the regulations Mission Kayak is required to follow. For people who are in their own person kayaks or are using one of Mission Kayak’s kayaks, there is a strict city ordinance on the consumption of alcohol in city parks. The entire Mission Reach Paddle Trail is a city park and per city ordinance doesn’t NOT allow alcohol. Click here to see the  City of San Antonio Park ordinance regarding alcohol in city parks.  The San Antonio Park Police will cite anyone they find drinking on the river or intoxicated when getting off the river. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also has a law against consumption of alcohol while operating a watercraft (yes kayaks are legal considered watercraft) and you can get a WUI on a kayak. Click here to the see the TPWD Water Safety Act 2017-2019 and reference Chapter 49.

Mission Adventure Tours takes these rules VERY SERIOUSLY. If you are caught with alcohol or beer on the the river the SA River Athority can and will pull our operating permit. We are a small family owned company and losing our permit will have devastating affect on our family and all 12 of our wonderful employees. We simply ask that you save your drinking for after your kayak trip.

(NOTE #1: Due to a few dishonest people, Mission Adventure Tours employees are now required to checks ALL coolers, backpacks, dry bags, camelbacks, etc. for alcohol and beer. If any alcohol or beer is found you will be asked to leave it in your vehicle. If you refuse, your trip will be canceled and a refund will NOT be give. )

(NOTE #2: If you attend any of our trips and sneak alcohol on the river Mission Adventure Tours employees are required, by the owners, to call and report you to the SA Antonio Park Police so that the park police can write you a citation. Again this company is our lively-hood. We simply ask you to be considerate and follow the regulations.)

Q: I have never kayaked before. Is it difficult?

A: We like to say that kayaking is easier than riding a bike. 95% of our customers are first time kayakers. If you are unsure about kayaking down the river the GUIDED KAYAK TRIPS  are your best options. Our kayak guides are experience river guides. They will give you a few simple padding instructions before getting on the river and once on the water they will guide you safely down the river and through the kayak chutes.

Q: What is the best way to contact Mission Adventure Tours?

A: The quickest way to contact us is by calling us at 210-383-0872. You can also email any questions to MissionAdventureTours@gmail.com or text your question to 210-383-0872. If we do not answer the phone its because we are either shuttle driving or are on the river guiding a group. Please leave is a voicemail and we will return your call at the end of the day.

Q: Why do I sometimes get a voicemail when I call?

A: Mission Adventure Tours gets a lot of inquiries every day. Many times we are on the phone with another client, guiding trips or driving the shuttle van and cannot safely answer the phone. If you leave us a voicemail we will happily return you call and answer your questions. We can more easily respond to text messages or emails!

Q: Once we get to Espada Park, where do we park?

A: Please see our KAYAKING LOCATIONS page for information on parking and an interactive map of Espada Park and directions on where to park.

Q: If I am staying downtown, can I walk to my trip’s starting location?

A: Each trip and event starts at a different location and most are about 8 miles South of downtown. You’ll probably want to get a cab, use UBER/LYFT.

Q: Do I have to make a reservation, or can I just show up?

A1: RIVER TRIPS: All of our river trips require a reservation (online or over the phone).

A2: KAYAK RENTALS: Our weekend kayak rentals at Espada Park are “walk-up friendly". However, these rental can be booked online and online reservations take priority over walk-ups. We highly suggest making a reservation for the rentals as well to ensure you get on the water.

Q: Why can’t I book a same day trip online? Why does it say “call for reservation"?

A: We have set our booking engine to stop allowing bookings at midnight the night before. At 5:30am each morning we look at the days schedule and see what trips are scheduled for the day. We then adjust personnel and equipment as needed to ensure each client has exactly what they need for a great kayaking experience. If you are interested in a same day trip we ask that you call us and we try our hardest to get you on the river. (Our weekends trips sell out fast and while its not impossible to get a same day weekend trip is unlikely due to high demand)

Q: Will Mission Mission Adventure Tours be operational on weekdays?

A1: RIVER TRIP: The availability of river trips vary greatly Monday – Thursday. Please call us to inquire about weekday kayak trips.

 A2: KAYAK RENTALS: are not open on weekdays. 

Q: I have kids, can they get a kayak too?

A: Kayaking is the ultimate family sport and we love to see families on the water! The ages vary depending on which kayak trip you are looking for.

  •  – KAYAK RENTALS: We have life vests for kids as young as 2 years old and we have two 2-person kayaks that have seats for an adult and a child. The parent or guardian will need to give consent, and sign our liability waiver. Children between the ages of 2 and 8 must be in a tandem kayak with their parent or guardian. Kids 9 and older can be in their own kayak for the on-site rentals
  •  – RIVER TRIPS: Kids 6-12 can be in their own kayak for the 2-Mile Kayak Trip. Kids 13 and older can be in their own kayak for the 3-Mile kayak trip. Kids 13 and older can go on the 4-Mile kayak trip and can be in their own kayaks. However, parents need to understand that this trip is GRUELING even for adults and many of todays youth will have a very difficulty time completing the 4-miles. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call.

Q: What is the Mission Reach?

A: The Mission Reach is the Southern Section of the San Antonio River. It is a project that aims to restore the San Antonio River to its natural riparian habitat. The Mission Reach extends for 8 miles along the section of the San Antonio River that hosts the historic San Antonio Missions. You can find more information at http://www.sanantonioriver.org/mission_reach/mission_reach.php

Q: How many people can Mission Adventure Tours accommodate on one kayak trip?

A: Mission Kayak can currently accommodate up to 56 people. We have 40, 9-foot kayaks that hold up to 250 lbs, and eight tandem kayaks can seat two people and hold up to 500 lbs. We have 2 shuttle vans can cary 14 passengers each. If your group contains more than 28 people we can make arrangements to ensure everyone gets on the river at the same time. (Please know that we limit our 3-Mile and 4-Mile kayak trips to groups of 14 or less. If you are interested in trips with more than 14 people please give us a call so that we can talk with you in more detail about your groups needs.)

Q: Is there a weight limit?

A: Mission Kayak’s single kayaks can hold up to 250 lbs, and double kayaks can hold up to a total of 450 lbs. If you weigh over 250lbs we can out fit one of our tandem kayaks for you. All you have to do is call us and let us know that you will need a tandem kayak.

Q: Does an individual need a permit to kayak on the San Antonio River?

A: No. Anyone with their own gear can kayak on the San Antonio River. There are restrictions as to what types of kayaks are allowed on the river, such as no inflatable kayaks or standup paddle boards. Please see the San Antonio River Authority’s website for these restrictions.

If an individual takes a group of people out on the river they must obtain a river permit from the San Antonio River Authority. Please see the San Antonio River Authority’s website for these restrictions.

Q: I have my own kayak, can I just buy the shuttle service?

A: Our river permit and commercial insurance does NOT allow us to shuttle other peoples personal gear.

Q: Do you offer group discounts?

A: Mission Kayak offers a 20% military discount to AD/Retired Military & First Responders, use Promo code MIL20 (bring your active duty military ID, Retired Military ID or any other ID proving your a First Responder with you on the trip. If you do not have the ID we will back charge the discount to your CC). We also discount to a number of non-profit organizations. If you want to know if your group qualifies for a 20% discount please email MissionAdventureTours@gmail.com.