Paddleboarding & Kayaking Frequently Asked Questions
Rental Paddleboards & Kayaks at Quail Creek State Park
Here at Dig Paddlesports, we’re all about fun in the sun. But we’re also here to make sure you and your party are safe on the water as well as prepared to have the most fun on your trip. We’ve comprised a list of frequently asked questions about our rental process and being on the lake. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out and call us with any questions or concerns you have.
Things to Know Before You Go:
Are you currently open?
Yes! You can currently book rentals! If the weather is good, we’re probably open! In the off-season, contact us ahead of time for an appointment. We love to paddle in the off-season as well. Give us a call!
Do I need to reserve ahead?
We always recommend reserving ahead online through our easy-to-use portal. This ensures that you have your watercraft. We often sell out daily in the peak season and want everyone to have the best time on the water. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have about availability.
How much is the park entry fee to get to the lake?
We are located in Quail Creek State Park on the water. Their fees are as follows:
RESIDENT Day-use fee: $15 per vehicle with up to 8 people.
RESIDENT Senior Day-use fee: $10 (Seniors 65 and older) per vehicle with up to 8 people.
Out-of-state visitor fee- $20 per vehicle with up to 8 people.
What is the weather like?
Here in Quail Creek, it gets hot during the summers. Very hot. June and July frequently see mid-high 90s F temperatures. Always check the weather ahead of time and plan accordingly. Bring plenty of sunscreens and remember to stay hydrated. In the off-season, it drops down to the mid-50s.
Are lifejackets included?
Yes. Each rental comes included with Type III Personal Flotation Devices.
Am I required to wear a life jacket and leash?
All operators who are 13 years of age or older must comply with National Park Service standards and wear a Type III adult USCG-approved life jacket, commonly known as a personal flotation device (PFD), at all times. While on the water, all kids under the age of 13 must always wear a life jacket that has been certified by the USCG! With the rentals and trips, life jackets are provided. Leashes for paddleboards are provided and must be worn at all times.
Is there a weight limit for paddle boarding or kayaking?
We offer boards and kayaks that can hold most adults. If we believe your safety or the safety of any person is in danger, we retain the right to cancel any rental or trip. You're good to go as long as you can physically get yourself on the paddleboard! Remember that the lake is quite deep, and there may be occasions when you cannot get back aboard your boat with the help of being on shore. Please let us know if you'd like a double kayak, which provides additional buoyancy and stability and may be more comfortable for a larger individual. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns. We’re all about having fun and staying safe on the water!
Is paddleboarding hard to learn?
No way! You'll be up and paddling in no time, thanks to our qualified teachers. Our rental paddleboards are designed specifically for beginners and intermediate riders. It won't take long for you to learn your balance, allowing you to be on your way in no time. Before you go, we will teach you a brief introductory lesson to help make your experience better.
What happens if I fall off my paddleboard or kayak?
Just remember that it's possible to fall into the water, so be ready in case you do. You can see from our instructors how simple it is to come back "on board." There are no lifeguards on duty here, so make smart choices. Know your boundaries since paddling out is voluntary and paddling back is required.
About the Lake:
Is there a current in the water?
No, you will be on a flat lake without a current. We do recommend checking the weather before paddling because the only issues that can impact your ride will be wind and boat wakes. Even for beginners, Quail Creek Reservoir provides a calm surface for paddleboarding or kayaking. Early in the mornings will be the calmest.
“Quail Creek reservoir was completed in 1985 to provide irrigation and culinary water to the St. George area. Most of the water in the reservoir does not come from Quail Creek but is diverted from the Virgin River and transported through a buried pipeline.”
Is there anything in the lake I need to worry about?
Nope! While bass, bluegill, trout, and crappie are stocked in the lake, you do not need to worry about any dangerous fish. Please keep in mind that we are in a State Park, where animals live. But they tend not to affect our kayaking and paddleboarding sessions. The biggest thing to worry about is the sun and dehydration. Make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen/protective clothing.
Are there going to be boats where I paddle?
On the lake, you will come across boats, and other watercraft that can produce boat wakes. Our professional instructors can show you how to easily deal with any boat wakes. It rarely becomes a problem because our boards and kayaks are quite sturdy and broad.
What is the cancellation policy?
8 days or more before rental - 100% refundable, 7 days or less before rental: 50% refundable, 24 hrs or less - 0% refundable.
Large Group Rentals, i.e., 10+ pieces and accessories: 50% non-refundable deposit due upon booking. Remainder due prior to or on the date/time of the event.
Check out our rental options, reservation dates, adventure trips, and more! We look forward to helping you get out on the water! Contact us for paddleboard and kayak rentals, guided tours, paddleboard yoga classes, and more.