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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: May 1, 2018

Paddling approved at Big Lake Park

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Looking for a fun nature escape right here in Plano? Grab your watercraft and head to Big Lake Park (3800 Rainier Road), where kayakers, canoers and paddle boarders can now take to the park’s namesake waterway.

Big Lake Park is the second location in Plano that’s been opened up to paddlers, something Park Planning Manager Renee Jordan said is by design. The department opened the lake at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve up to paddlers last summer and offers kayaking and paddle board classes there as well. Inspired by the National Park Service, parks staff wanted to open the lake in order to expand the ways visitors interact and experience the preserve.

“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,” Jordan said. “There are few things more relaxing than sitting in a kayak and watching the sunset over a lake.”

By city ordinance, only non-motorized, hand-paddled watercraft are permitted and only on approved ponds and lakes (Oak Point and Big Lake) as designated by Plano Parks & Recreation. As a reminder, swimming is not allowed. The following boating guidelines will help ensure the activity is enjoyed in a safe and responsible manner:

  • Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards
  • Activity is pursued at operators own risk
  • Paddling is allowed from dawn to dusk
  • Follow the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Water Safety Code:
  • Wear a life jacket
  • Supervise children closely
  • Know how to swim
  • Avoid alcohol (prohibited in City Parks)
  • Do not disturb wildlife, vegetation or habitat.
  • Do not engage in paddling activities if water is out of its banks.

For information about upcoming paddle board and kayaking classes, or about public paddling at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, visit www.planoparks.org or call 972-941-7250.IMG_0927