Canoe & equipment rentals

Full- or multi-day rentals

Shuttle transportation available

Quality equipment

So you’re a river runner? And you want to put together a private trip on the Rio Grande? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The Far Flung house has got just about everything you need to put together the perfect trip, including experts who can help you plan your trip!


Canoe, kayak, portable equipment, and much more available for rent by the day

We’ll help you plan your route and acquire the necessary permits

Shuttle transportation to and from launch sites available


Equipment for rent

We offer professional commercial grade canoes, as well as a variety of river equipment such as toilet systems, fire pans, waterproof bags, etc. Need some help planning what to take? Check out Far Flung’s suggested equipment list.

Please note: each item is for rent individually. There are no bundles available.

Rental details

Rental period

Rental shop hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We request that rental equipment be picked up no later than 8:30 a.m.

Pick-up/drop-off point

Far Flung Outdoor Center. Click here to see how to find us.


Daily and year-round, except Christmas Day

Required minimum age

You must be 18 years or older to request the rental and sign a waiver, but younger children may accompany you.

  • National park permits
  • Shuttle transportation to and from launch point

Plan your trip

Planning a trip on the Rio Grande involves a number of choices, so it’s always helpful to do a little research prior to making your reservation. Check out our pre-trip planning checklist to make planning your river trip easier. Here are some other resources that might be of help:

Have a question about planning a river trip to Big Bend? Call us at 800-839-7238 or email us at

Shuttle transportation

Need help getting to or from a launch point? Far Flung can provide a wide variety of shuttle options for your group using your vehicle, our vehicles, or a combination of both. We use modern 15-passenger vans, and our drivers are handpicked for their positive attitude and attention to safety and details.

Shuttles using Far Flung vehicles: $75/hour beginning and ending at the Far Flung Outdoor Center
Shuttles using privately owned vehicles: $35/hour

Need shuttle miles and approximate times between river locations in the Big Bend? Click here for Far Flung’s shuttle mileage chart.

River permits

River permits are required in all sections of the Rio Grande from the Tapado put-in to the Langtry Crossing take-out.

Far Flung, at no additional charge, can issue float permits for Big Bend National Park and the Wild & Scenic River (below Heath Canyon). Big Bend National Park permits are also issued at Panther Junction, Persimmon Gap, and the Barton Warnock Center near Lajitas. River sections from Lajitas to Langtry require a Big Bend National Park Permit.

River permits for the Rio Grande in Big Bend Ranch State Park may be obtained at the Barton Warnock Center or Fort Leaton, near Presidio. River sections from Tapado Canyon to Lajitas require a Big Bend Ranch State Park Permit.

Big Bend National Park fees
Backcountry permit: $12/group, flat fee
Entrance fee: $25/vehicle, good for up to 7 days

Big Bend Ranch State Park fees
Entrance fee: $3/person/day
Camping fee: $8/person/night, applicable for trips camping on state lands

Heath Canyon Ranch Access Fee: Heath Canyon is the take-out for Boquillas Canyon float trips and one of the put-ins for the Lower Canyons.
Private access fee: $10/person
Vehicle storage fee: $10/vehicle/day

Black Gap Wildlife Management Area permit: managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife, a limited purpose use permit is required for any party accessing the put-ins or take-outs in the Black Gap river section. The cost is $12/person and can be purchased online in advance of your trip. Click here to purchase your limited purpose use permits online.

Harrison Ranch Access Fee: for Lower Canyon trips taking out at Dryden Crossing/Harrison Ranch
Private access fee: $10/person
Vehicle access fee: $30/vehicle

Fresh coffee & merch

While you’re at the Far Flung Outdoor Center, start your day off right by indulging in a fresh cup of coffee, homemade muffins, bagels, and kolaches at our on-site coffee shop. Once you’re recharged and ready to go, head on over to our retail shop, pick up some merch, and head out into Big Bend wearing your new threads!