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Crossing the First Street bridge on my bike the other day, I looked upriver and couldn't believe how many people were on the water. Between the kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, canoes and hydrobikes, the river had morphed into a recreation highway.

Here's a tip. If the lake looks crowded from the Pfluger Pedestrian bridge or the pedestrian bridge underneath MoPac (Loop 1), head east to rent a watercraft.

The Expedition School, which operates out of the Lorraine "Grandma" Camacho Center at 34 Robert T. Martinez Jr. Street, on the north shore of Lady Bird Lake, now rents stand-up paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. Cost is $10 per hour.

Want more? A 10-punch card costs $99; seven months of unlimited rentals costs $199; and 13 months is $199.

Proceeds benefit The Expedition School's after-school youth programs.

All rentals come with a quick instructional on how to play it safe on Lady Bird Lake, and all staff are certified open water lifeguards who possess ACA or USCA paddling credentials.

The school is open for rentals from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday through the end of May. Starting June 1, it'll be open all day, every day, through the summer. For more information call 512-626-6282 or visit www.expeditionschool.org.