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The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex may be technically landlocked, but that’s not to say it’s not surrounded by bodies of water, most all of which are ripe for exploring by boat. Fortunately, you don’t have to endure the hefty investment of buying one when you can easily rent or hitch a ride with one of these outfitters that are located conveniently to DFW’s great lakes.
Flying & Floating Toys
Arrowhead Leg 1
Hickory Creek, TX 75065
(214) 621-8499

Spot-on customer service, super reasonable rental rates and plenty of ways to take to the water are just a few of the reasons why this boat rental outfit gets rave reviews. For those who enjoy cutting the waves, Flying & Floating Toys can you get you fitted up with one of its top-notch Malibu Sportster ski boats, which includes everything from water skis and wake boards to gas, tax and two hours on the water for $220. You’ll also find Yamaha Wave Runners for $70 an hour, as well as half and full-day kayak rentals starting at $50. Those looking to cruise Lake Lewisville in style might want to check out the Chamonix II ($900 per hour), a 70-foot catamaran that sports a dance floor and even a water slide. Or, for a more intimate gathering of twelve, there’s a 22-foot pontoon boat that can be had for two hours or longer starting at $150. Be sure to check the website often, the company regularly offers terrific specials.

JT’s Boat Rentals
1 Eagle Point Road, Boat House 2
Lewisville, TX 75077
(972) 292-1001

Want to party it up on Lake Lewisville? If so, JT’s Boat Rentals offers several options to get rocking. Throw a serious floating party by chartering a 40 or 50-foot catamaran, which provides enough room for 35 to 55 of your besties. These custom built cats come equipped with an epic sound system, life jackets and even a designated driver, starting at $300 for two hours. You can also hitch a ride on one of the two-hour public cruises, offered on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons, for only $30 per person.

Wet & Wild Rentals
592 E. Highway 121
Lewisville, TX 75057
(972) 746-3429

Wet & Wild Rentals will get you blasting around Lake Lewisville whichever way you please. Whether it’s on a Four Winns ski boat starting at $65 an hour, a waverunner from $50 an hour or on a 13-seater party barge that goes from $65 an hour. You can also live out your reality show dreams on the custom built catamaran that was used as a supply vessel during a season of “Survivor.” This buoyant beauty can be had for $250 an hour, but you’ll probably want to keep her a little longer, since the vessel comes equipped with a galley, lounge, shower and three air-conditioned staterooms that can accommodate six people.

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Trinity River Kayak
1601 E. Sandy Lake Road
Coppell, TX 75019
(214) 513-0649

If it’s an urban paddling experience you’re after, Trinity River Kayak has you covered with an assortment of kayaks and canoes that rent from $50 a day. But, sometimes it’s even more fun to go with a group. For those occasions, the outfit operates a variety of popular kayaking adventures that traverse 22 miles of the Trinity River basin and Trinity Forest (the largest urban forest in the U.S.). The trips, which start at $39, include everything from a paddling orientation to a shuttle service.

White Rock Paddle
315 E. Lawther Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
(469) 888-0620

White Rock Paddle makes it easy to get away from it all (or at least pretend to) without having to leave the city. Set up on the beautiful shores of White Rock Lake, this outfitter rents three-seater canoes from $19.99 an hour, single and tandem kayaks from $14.99 an hour and stand-up paddle-boards from $19.99 an hour. WRP also hosts a paddling trip over to the Arboretum (for $39.99) to enjoy its Thursday fall concert lineup from the water. You can reserve ahead online, or take your chances by dropping in. Just be prepared, the place can be a madhouse on weekends.

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