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Riva Row Boat House sits along the lower Waterway in The Woodlands Town Center. Complimentary near-by parking is available. Lakes Edge Boathouse is located at Hughes Landing and is within walking distance to nearby restaurants and retail shops. Riva Row Boat House offers multiple watercraft rental options while Lakes Edge Boat House currently only offers Kayak rentals.

Riva Row Boat House

2101 Riva Row

The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Lakes Edge Boat House

Hughes Landing

The Woodlands, Texas 77380

Lake Woodlands Kayak Information

The Riva Row Boat House welcomed residents and guests back for fun on the water on Wednesday, May 6, 2020!

Riva Row

/where-to-go/woodlands-pavilionThe Riva Row Boat House is located along the lower Woodlands Waterway, at Riva Row Park (2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands 77380), across the Waterway from Town Green Park. The Waterway is divided by 6-foot drop in elevation into an upper and lower section. The dam that creates this division is located at Riva Row Park, where the junction between the upper and lower pedestrian walkways provides an important connection between the free parking areas and The Woodlands Pavilion.

The Riva Row Boat House opened on Saturday, April 25, 2009 and features a kayak launch with direct access to Lake Woodlands via The Woodlands Waterway. The event featured an open house hosted by the Community Associations of The Woodlands and The Woodlands Development Company. Montgomery County residents can discover the pleasures of kayaking at this unique amenity in The Woodlands. 

Lakes Edge

The Lakes Edge Boat House opened in early 2016 on Lake Woodlands, offering single and tandem kayak rentals. This new facility is located next to the One Lakes Edge apartments at 1970 Hughes Landing Boulevard, The Woodlands 77381. As the second rental facility of kayaks on Lake Woodlands, the Lakes Edge Boat House works in partnership with Riva Row Boat House.

Visit the second kayak rental facility on Lake Woodlands. Lakes Edge Boat House at Hughes Landing is just a short walk from Restaurant Row, Whole Foods and the new boardwalk at Hughes Landing business district.

Frequently Asked Questions
View a list of frequently asked questions regarding The Woodlands Township's Riva Row and Lakes Edge Boat Houses. 

As a part of The Woodlands Town Center, Riva Row Boat House and Lakes Edge Boathouse are each within walking distance to nearby attractions like The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Restaurant Row (Hughes Landing), and both are just a short trolley ride from one of several stops along the upper Woodlands Waterway®, Market Street, and The Woodlands Mall. Visitors can take a solo or tandem cruise out from the Kayak Launch at the Waterway Boat House (Riva Row) next to the Waterway Dam, and venture out the adjoining Lake Woodlands to the west. Lakes Edge Boathouse is located along the shore line  of Lake Woodlands, just north of Northshore Park.

Hours of Operation (Seasonal)

Regular Hours are 9am - Sunset
Riva Row is Closed on Wednesdays
Lakes Edge is open Thursday - Monday
Typical rental schedules are as follows:
January 2 - May 10: 9 a.m. to sunset (Last Call: 1 Hour before sunset)
May 11 - August 10: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Last Call: 7 p.m.) | Closed Wednesdays*
August 11 - December 31: 9 a.m. to sunset (Last Call: 1 Hour before sunset)
HOLIDAY HOURS - CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day

Reservations
No reservations are taken at Lakes Edge due to size and availability, but you can reserve a kayak at Riva Row Boat House.
Reservations for kayaks at Riva Row are not required, but can be made for larger groups. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance and full advance payment is required. Those wishing to reserve four (4) or more kayaks (single, tandem, or combination) can call ahead to make a reservation at 281-210-3965. Group Discounts are available for seven (7) or more kayaks in the amount of $5 off per boat.


Kayak Rentals

Single and Tandem Kayaks
Rental Pricing:
Single Kayak: $15 for the first hour.
Tandem Kayak: $20 for the first hour.
$5 per additional hour.
Valid ID is required for all rentals.
Two-person maximum per kayak.

  • Reservations will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and staff may be unable to take a reservation once the allotment is full.
  • Maximum reservation on a normal operating day is 12 kayaks of any combination of sizes.

*The best time to make a reservation for a large group (up to 50 boats!) is on Wednesdays, when Riva Row is normally closed.

Riva Row Boat House is now open on a reservation system, observing social distancing, face masks and sanitation of all materials for the safety of everyone to enjoy a day on the water.

Swan Boats

Typical rental schedules are as follows:
January 2 - May 10: 9 a.m. to sunset (Last Call: 1 Hour before sunset) | Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
May 11 - August 10: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Last Call: 7 p.m.) | Closed Wednesdays* 
August 11 - December 31: 9 a.m. to sunset (Last Call: 1 Hour before sunset) | Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
HOLIDAY HOURS - CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day
Swan Boat Rentals $25/hr

Swan Boats Woodlands Waterway

Water Bikes

Water bikes are being added to the many rental options already available at Riva Row including single and tandem (or double) kayaks, stand-up paddle-boards, and swan pedal boats.
These fun additions to The Woodlands Waterway will be positioned in the lower level of the waterway along with kayaks and paddle-boards, and riders will be able to explore the area from Riva Row Park all the way out to the edge of Lake Woodlands, passing the Grogan’s Mill Bridge and East Shore, and discovering Mitchell Island on the way. Water-bike rental rates $25/hr

Water Bikes Woodlands Waterway Lake Woodlands

“The Explorer” model water bike, manufactured by Hydrobikes, Inc, is a pedal-powered water bike built for single riders. The Township has four (4) of these water bikes for hourly rental by individuals or a group of up to four people at a time.

Paddle Boats

Pedal kayaks are included with the various water craft rental options already available at Riva Row. From standard/paddle-powered, single and tandem kayaks, to stand-up paddleboards, swan pedal boats, and water bikes.
The Woodlands Waterway  paddle boats are available in the lower level of the waterway along with the kayaks and paddleboards. Riders looking for a new type of kayak adventure will be able to explore The Woodlands Waterway lower canal and Lake Woodlands – now with leg power!  

Hobie Mirage Paddle Boat
Hobie Mirage Duo Paddle Boat

Single Pedal Kayaks can be rented for just $25/hour, and Tandem Pedal Kayaks for $30/hour. Other rental options at Riva Row Boat House will continue to include: standard single kayaks ($15/hour), standard tandem kayaks ($20/hour), stand-up paddleboards ($20/hour), swan pedal boats ($25/hour), and water bikes ($25/hour). Prices listed here are for the first hour; additional hours for any boat are just $5 each. Lifejackets and paddles are always included in every rental – including an ‘emergency’ paddle for the pedal kayaks. Riva Row Boat House is currently open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the last boat going out at 7 p.m. Riva Row Boat House is closed on Wednesdays. Additional details can be found here

Elliptical Stand-Up Paddleboards

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS (September 2, 2020) – The Woodlands Township is now offering pedalboards or “elliptical stand-up paddleboards (SUPs)” as a new and exciting rental option at Riva Row Boat House. Elliptical SUPs are being added to the many rental options already available at Riva Row, including standard/pedal-powered single and tandem (or double) kayaks, standard stand-up paddleboards, swan pedal boats and water bikes.

Hobie Mirage Duo Paddle Boat

The first pedal-powered SUPs offered in the 11-year history of Riva Row Boat House are the “Mirage Eclipse Dura” model elliptical SUPs, manufactured by Hobie, Inc. They are built for one rider with a maximum weight of 200 pounds. The Township currently has four (4) of the new elliptical SUPs. 
Each elliptical SUP can be rented for just $30/hour. Other rental options at Riva Row Boat House will continue to include: standard single kayaks ($15/hour), standard tandem kayaks ($20/hour), standard stand-up paddleboards ($20/hour), single pedal kayaks ($25/hour), tandem pedal kayaks ($30/hour), swan pedal boats ($25/hour), and water bikes ($25/hour). Prices listed are for the first hour; additional hours for any boat are just $5 each. Lifejackets are always included in every rental.

Watercraft Reservations

A newly-implemented reservation system is available with parties booking in 10-minute intervals in order to follow safe social distancing measures. To make your reservation for fun on The Woodlands Waterway and Lake Woodlands, please call Call them281-210-3965 Please note, to eliminate cash/card handling on-site, all payments for reservations must be made over the phone. No cash will be accepted.

Anti Virus Measures: 
Enhanced sanitation and safety measures have been implemented to ensure safe usage of the kayaks, life jackets, paddles, swan boats, paddle boards, and water-bikes. Boat House staff will also wear masks as recommended by the CDC. Enhanced sanitation procedures include:

The Riva Row Boat House is located at 2101 Riva Row, within walking distance of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Market Street, as well as the many free parking lots south of Riva Row.

  • Twice daily, at opening and closing, all non-porous surfaces at Riva Row Boat House will be wiped down, including: boat house offices, exterior door handles, window ledges and restrooms. Each surface will be sprayed with a disinfectant solution then wiped down with a clean towel. Areas of focus include but are not limited to: interior and exterior door handles, countertops, phones, laptops, sinks, toilets, hand dryers, etc. Disinfecting will be a part of the daily opening and closing duties.
  • After each use and at closing, common touch points of swan boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and water-bikes will be disinfected (i.e. paddles, life jackets, seat area and rails on kayak near seats)
  • Each time that an item is cleaned, it will be logged in the respective daily checklist.

During Phase III of The Governor’s Plan to Open Texas, Riva Row Boat House is operating by walk-ups only, although advance reservations can be taken for large groups on weekdays. Certain protective measures have been put in place to allow for safe social distancing and to protect both customers and staff from the spread of COVID-19. These procedures include online completion of liability waivers; increased cleanings of surfaces and equipment before and after each use; physical barriers; credit/debit only for all payments (no cash or checks accepted); and staff are currently not able to physically help customers into the boats - verbal cues and supervision are provided.

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