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.

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

Canoe/Kayaks at Mac Lake Dock

Mac Lake

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, ibises and cranes.

Tri-colored Heron at Colt Creek

Tri-colored Heron

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

Visitors may bring their own boats or rent one from the park.

3 canoers paddling at Mac Lake

The park offers canoes, single kayaks 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.