Not for beginners.
Total River Miles: 30
Total float time: Plan to cover 2-3 miles/hour plus time spent fishing and stopping.
A FULL DAY kayak and canoe trip! NOT FOR BEGINNERS
Most of the trip is calm and easy to navigate. Depending on river conditions hazards may vary. In low water conditions hazards may be more difficult to avoid. Talk to one of our outfitters if uncertain about your skill level.
A great full day of kayaking or canoeing! We shuttle you up to the starting point and you float back to us. Must have a reservation for this trip (no walk ins) and please arrive early for brief orientation. Trip starts daily at 9AM.
Check in time is flexible (anytime between 9am and 2pm). You have until 5pm the following day to reach the takeout. There are numerous places to camp along the way.
A great stretch of river for kayak fishing or just a casual float. Camping is primitive (no amenities) on or near Scout Island. Total float is 14 miles (Day 1 = 8, Day 2 = 6). Total float time (less time spent fishing or stopping) approx. 8 hours.
Not for beginners. Can be a one or two night trip. There are numerous camping spots.
This trip is for the experienced river camper. Camp sites can be tricky to find but there are no doubt some great spots.
1200 Willow St512-321-4661
Base of operations for all Bastrop River Co activities. Conveniently located inside Fisherman's Park. The El Camino Real` and Smithville trips launch from this site (Trips include a shuttle ride back). The Wilbarger, Garfield and Webberville trips end at this site. (Trips include shuttle ride up river to launch point).
The Big Sandy Creek Campsite is a very large sandbar river right just opposite of where Big Sandy Creek enters the river. This is an ideal campsite for large groups who need a lot of space to spread out. The river tapers off to the left at the head of the sandbar leaving a large cove on the right. An easy spot for a large number of boats to pull over.
2305 Park Lane
Big Webberville Park boat ramp is the launch point for the Garfield 2 Night Camping Trip. The park is 30 river miles above the exit point at Bastrop River Co. The shuttle ride up to the launch takes approximately 25 minutes. This is a public park owned and operated by Travis County.
600 Charles Blvd
Bob Bryant Park is a city park in Bastrop Tx. The river access is a long narrow concrete path with a small ramp at the end for non motorized boats (kayaks & canoes etc.) and inner tubes. There is also a small fishing pier. Though this is not a primary river access point it is a great alternative for accessing the river when the Fisherman's park boat ramp is not available. It is also the starting point for the local tubing float. It is approximately 1.5 miles from here to Fisherman's Park. Which is typically a 1.5 hour tube float.
The Lower Colorado is not known for rapids and the few that exist are very small and barely qualify as a rapid at all. Emily is a mild rapid just over a mile past Scouts Island. Upon approach you'll notice a bundle of large boulders river right and small boulders spaced out across the stream. The channel is center left. If caught just right Emily will give you a nice little shove into the next straight away. But if caught wrong, hidden boulders just under water level can send you for an unexpected swim.
Hangman's Island is approximately 1.5 miles down river from the Utley Bridge. On the left side of the island the river sweeps hard left and in low water conditions offers a narrow channel along the tree line. Low hanging branches create strainers that have been know to cause problems for novice paddlers. The right side of the island is obstacle free but can be pretty shallow in low water conditions resulting in a little bit of walking.
Like Emily, Lil is a sneaky little rapid. Large boulders river left and small ones spaced out across the stream. The gap is river right and there will often be a pronounced "V" between some of the larger boulders. But watch out for smaller rocks just beneath the surface.
Scouts Island is a very large island approximately 8 miles down river from the Utley Bridge. This is the premiere campsite up river from Bastrop. It can get pretty crowded on weekends during the Spring and Fall as this is a popular spot for scout troops and youth groups. The head of the island is wide open offering space for larger groups to spread out. Along the sides and interior of the island there are several little nooks in the trees that smaller groups of 10 or fewer will find to be very comfortable. There are also some good camping options just past the island along either bank.
1124 FM 969
The Utley Bridge on FM 969 is the launch point for the Wilbarger Paddling Trail. This trail can be paddled as either our Full Day "Long" Daytrip or the Wilbarger 1 Night Camping trip. It is also an emergency access point for the Garfield and Webberville multi day camping trips. The boat ramp is located river left (north side of the bridge).
The Wilbarger Cliffs is a big rock cliff where the river makes a sharp right bend (over 90 degrees). This is the halfway mark of the Wilbarger Paddling Trail. The cliff is approximately 7 miles down river from the Utley Bridge and 7 miles up river from Fisherman's Park in Bastrop.
Wilbarger Creek enters the river from river left at approximately 3 miles down river from the Utley Bridge. In normal to low water conditions the confluence of the creek and river is marked by a large boulder. The river bends to the right creating a large sandbar on the right bank. This is a great place for larger groups to pull over and take a lunch break etc. as there is plenty of room for a lot of boats along the rocky beach of the sand bar.