Paddling at Colt Creek

aerial photo of mac lake, the dock, and kayak/canoe rentals

Go for a paddle!

Experience the beauty of Colt Creek State Park from the water with a paddling trip on one of our lakes. Mac Lake, Middle Lake and Little Lake are approximately 26, seven and three acres, respectively.

Canoe/Kayaks at Mac Lake Dock

Mac Lake

Restrooms, water fountains and picnic areas are located near Mac Lake and Middle Lake. At Mac Lake, visitors also can enjoy fishing from the accessible dock. Common fish that anglers can expect to see include largemouth bass and bluegill.

The lakes, which can be up to 60 feet deep in some spots, were originally created for limestone mining. Now they are important wildlife habitats where you can view American alligators, turtles and different kinds of wading birds including herons, storks and cranes.

There is no swimming area at the park; however, paddling and fishing on canoes, kayaks and other watercraft (no gas motors) are permitted.


3 canoers paddling at Mac Lake

Visitors may bring their own boats or rent one from the park. The park offers canoes plus single and double kayaks for rent.


  • $8.56 per boat for 2 hours
  • $3 for every additional hour
  • $20 for the entire day

Paddles and life jackets are provided with rentals. Kayaks and canoes are located near the boat launch on Mac Lake. Rentals begin at 8 a.m. when the park opens, and items must be returned one hour before the park closes.

Visitors interested in renting a canoe or kayak can do so at the ranger station. Guests should bring their driver’s license/photo ID and will need to fill out and sign a rental agreement.