If you’re looking for a fun and easy kayaking trip, check out the Colorado River south on Austin! Over the years, we’ve paddled this stretch of the Colorado several times with Bastrop River Company out of Bastrop, both as day trips and most recently as an overnight trip. The easy flow of the river is always fun, and a few faster riffles make for a fun trip!
Located right Downtown, the Bastrop River Company offers kayak, canoe, SUP paddleboard and even tube trips up and down the river!
Located at the boat ramp near Fisherman’s Park, it’s an easy place to put in or take out of the river.
On our most recent trip, we did the overnight trip, camping at a sandbar about 1/2 way referred to as Boy Scout Island. We shared the island with another group, but hardly knew they were there. We paddled 8 miles on the first day, and 6 on the last. During the night the water level did fluctuate a bit, so be sure to bring your boat up on land, and always tie it off.
We did encounter a couple of hazards along the way from water rushing into trees. As a rule, always paddle with someone else, wear a life jacket and be aware of hazards in any swift water. Take plenty of water, too!
Love the shirts, which say, “Just downriver from Weird”, referring to Austin!
They provide everything, including life jackets.
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.
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.
Things To Do in Bastrop
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.
Paw Paw’s Catfish House, 1014 Main St., Bastrop is a must for me anytime we’re in Bastrop!
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.
Bastrop River Company
1200 Willow St., Bastrop
Click HERE to visit their website.
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