This family-friendly swim area is a great place to try paddle boarding for the first time, or to practice more advanced moves.
What Makes It Great
Here above the dam, there's shallow water at the beach and absolutely none of the current you would have to deal with downtown. Walk down to the swim area at the water's edge--enclosed by a yellow floating plastic boundary--to start your SUPing. Watch your step, because the concrete stairs can be slippery and the ground is quite rocky. But once you're past the boundary, you're home free. Unless there are boat wakes or high winds, the water is generally flat. There's plenty of room to explore, but be careful about getting too close to the dam, heed any warning signs, and of course watch for traffic on the water. Rental paddle boards and kayaks are readily available at Rock Creek (Riverside Store) and L2 Boards. The popular Quintana Roo/Sports Barn Sprint Triathlon has added a SUP option in lieu of swimming. So practice here, and get ready to leave the competition in your wake!
Who is Going to Love It
First-time paddlers can take it one stroke at a time here, while the more experienced can build endurance and hone their tricks.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Amnicola and Highway 153, follow the signs to the "beach" area. Parking is free, and there are two public restrooms (and plenty of picnic tables) at your disposal.