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Posted on: May 17, 2018

Big Lake Park is Now Open for Water Sports

Kayaking at Oak Point

Now you can get a couple hours of kayaking in after breakfast and be home in plenty of time for lunch. Cross off “water sports in Plano” from your wish list, because paddling has been given the greenlight for Big Lake Park (3800 Rainier Road). This becomes the second local body of water approved for kayakers, paddle boarders and canoers – Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve was the first permitted site.

“Kayaking is for anyone looking for an opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. In addition to being fun, easy and enjoyable, kayaking is also a great low-impact workout and stress reliever,” said Park Planning Manager Renee Jordan. “There are few things more relaxing than sitting in a kayak and watching the sunset over a lake.”

The Plano Recreation summer catalog offers kayaking classes:

Introduction to Kayaking (13 years and older) – page 44, June 9 and July 28; 3-hour class

Only non-motorized, hand-paddled watercraft are allowed at Big Lake and Oak Point Parks. Swimming is prohibited at both sites. Read the City ordinance (Sec. 15-1 under Chapter 15 Parks and Recreation) and the department’s watercraft guidelines for safe and responsible water sporting in Plano. The documents cover:

  • Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards
  • Paddling hours
  • The Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Water Safety Code
  • Protective gear and supervision of children
  • Use of alcohol on the water
  • Wildlife, vegetation and habitat protection

For information about upcoming paddle board and kayaking classes, or about public paddling at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, visit planoparks.org or call 972-941-7250.

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