Bastrop River Company Kayaking, Canoeing and Camping on the Colorado River

It may be February, but that isn’t going to keep us off the water.  After all, this is Texas, and the weather can fluctuate from 30 degrees to 80 degrees, or more, in a single week!  We were in Bastrop for the weekend, celebrating my son’s 18th birthday, and spent a fun day paddling the Colorado River, which cuts right through town!

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Located right Downtown, the Bastrop River Company offers kayak, canoe, SUP paddleboard and even tube trips up and down the river!

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Morgan was awesome about meeting us in the morning, and getting everyone set up!

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Love the shirts, which say, “Just downriver from Weird”, referring to Austin!

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They provide everything, including life jackets.

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The river in winter is pretty slow, unless there has recently been a rain.  During spring and summer, you’ll have a better flow for longer trips!

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My boys loved the river!  While water depth in a river can vary drastically up and down the river, it was only about 4′ here.

Islands along the river are the perfect place to stop and stretch your legs, and there were several little places where the current picked up for small, fun little rapids!

Other fun stops downriver of Bastrop are the Colorado River Refuge, with cliffs along the river, and the 6.8 mile Lost Pines Nature Trail, which has river access.

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My daughter insisted on a paddleboard, even when we warned her how chilly the water was!  She loves paddleboarding, and rarely falls, anyway.  However, after an hour of the warm sunshine on her, she was jumping in to cool off!

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It’s Bastrop River Company for the win!

BRC offer hour rentals, 1/2 day, full day and even 3,4 and 5 day trips on the river.  Numerous islands along the river  are perfect for stopping and camping overnight!

For more information on the Bastrop/Colorado River Paddling Trails, click HERE to visit Texas Parks and Wildlife El Camino Real Paddling Trail Page.


While the kids played down in the water, my husband and I retreated up to one of the fun restaurants along the river, Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard, which offers a HUGE covered patio overlooking the river, and tasty food and bloody marys.  All of which makes for a pretty perfect February afternoon!

Know Before You Go

Is it stroller friendly? no

Do they accept credit cards? yes

Can you bring food/drinks? yes

Are there changing tables available?  no

Are pets welcome? yes

Things To Do in Bastrop


HERO Water Sports is a big inflatable water park on Lake Bastrop, click HERE to visit their website.

One of our favorite places to take out of town friends is the Gas Station from the original movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre!  Click HERE to read more!

Barton Hill Farms Fall Festival and Corn Maze is an annual event each October, not to be missed!  Click HERE to read more.


Neighbors Kitchen and Yard, overlooking the Colorado River, is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants, with a huge deck and big, open yard and live music on the weekends. Click HERE to visit their website.


Camp or rent a historic cabin at Bastrop State Park, click HERE for more information.

For more fun things to do in Bastrop, check out and

Bastrop River Company
1200 Willow St., Bastrop
Click HERE to visit their website.

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