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This trip begins right at our location and ends 6 miles down river at a nature park. The check-in process is quick and easy. You launch right from our location inside Fisherman’s Park and spend two to three hours on the water until you arrive at the Colorado River Refuge where you exit the river. Rental includes a dry box for your phone. We will give you instruction on when to call for pick up. Our shuttle vans will pick you up and bring you back into town.
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. Total River Miles 30 (Day 1 = 10, Day 2 = 14, Day 3 = 6). Total float time: Plan to cover 2-3 miles/hour plus time spent fishing and stopping.
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.
356 Riverside Dr512-308-1911
The take out point for the El Camino Real short day trip. The Refuge is a public nature park owned and operated by Bastrop County. It is a popular local swimming hole and also serves as one of the trail heads to the Pines & Prairies Land Trust 5+ miles of hike and bike trails along the river. Open and free to the public from dusk to dawn daily.
Duck Island is the primary campsite between Bastrop and Smithville. The island is approximately 16 miles down stream from Fisherman's Park and 10 miles up stream from The Hwy 95 Bridge in Smithville. There are no trees on the island. So not much for shade or hammock camping, but the rushing water on either side is incredibly pleasant to fall asleep and wake up to.
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.
The First Island is...you guessed it...the first island down stream from Bastrop. It is approximately 1 mile down river from Fisherman's Park. The obvious route is to go left of the island but when the water is up a little you can also sneak by on the right side. Watch out for willow trees on the left bank as you approach the island. If your a history buff go visit the Bastrop Museum and Visitors Center after the river where you'll find a full T-Rex scull which was discovered on the First Island some 50 odd years ago.
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.
100 Water Street
Little Webberville Park is the launch point for the Webberville 3 Night Camping Trip. The park is about 35 river miles above the exit point at Bastrop River Co. The shuttle ride up to the launch takes approximately 30 minutes.
Patterson Island is a large island just down stream from the Colorado River Refuge. This is a great camping island, especially for when doing a 2 night trip to Smithville and getting a late start on day 1. The island is affectionately named for a local river rat who used to spend his summers camped out on the island carving hiking trails into the brush just for the fun of it.
Prop Rock is a single unique out of place boulder center right approximately 4 miles down stream from Fisherman's Park. Local motor boat fishermen affectionately refer to this lone boulder as Prop Rock because it has claimed a number of propellers from inexperienced motor boaters over the years. When the river is at slightly higher than normal levels Prop Rock tends to hide just below water level in the middle of the main channel around this bend in the river.
At about two and a half miles down stream from Fisherman's Park there begins a series of soft bank sandbars river left that offer easy places to pull over and swim, hang out, or even camp. For about a half a mile there are a number of good places to stop. This is near the half way point of the El Camino Real Paddle Trail, so its a good place to take a break.
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.
The Smithville take out is a public boat ramp located river left underneath the Hwy 95 Bridge. The road leading down under the bridge as well as the parking lot are lighted at night and are a safe place to park a vehicle if planning to be out on the river overnight.
The Canopy is a beautiful short detour off the main stream of the river. The entrance is 2 miles down river from Fisherman's Park. We call it the canopy because of how the trees create an overhead canopy most of the way through this narrow passage. The water tends to be a little swifter and down trees can cause obstacles after big floods. Water levels need to be flowing at least 800 cfs or plan on dragging at a few shallow areas. Likewise avoid going through here during high water (3,000 cfs+) due to potential log jams.
The Rail Road Bridge is the final landmark on the El Camino Real Paddle Trail. If expecting a ride back from the take out point this is where you will call your outfitter for pick up. It is a little less than a half a mile (about 10-15 minutes) from here to the Colorado River Refuge. Directly under the bridge there is a large island but you can easily go around either side. If you're lucky you might catch a train passing by. It is quite a thrill to look up and see the train cars rushing past.
The Red Bluffs is a large red cliff a little over a mile up stream from the Hwy 95 Bridge in Smithville. Alum Creek enters the river from the left just up from the bluffs. The river makes a sharp right bend leaving the bluff on the outside (left) of the bend, and a really nice soft sandbar on the inside (right) of the bend. This is a great spot to stop and go for a swim.
The Third Island... yep, you guessed it... this is the third island down stream from Fisherman's Park. It is just over 3 miles from the park. The head of the island offers a large rocky sandbar perfect for a half way resting spot on the El Camino Real Paddle Trail. There are a also a number of really good campsites on the interior and along the banks of the island. And oh yeah, though it is technically an island the channel on the right side is so shallow it is typically not even there unless the water level is up.
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.