Lower Colorado River – Paddling


The Lower Colorado River, below Austin, is a wide slow moving section of the river with little to no rapids at all. This part of the Colorado makes for a nice gentle paddle that is easily done by canoe or kayak.

What Makes It Great

There are several sandy islands that make for good camping spots along the way, so you can make this a really memorable multi-day trip.  The river goes through mostly private property, as do most rivers in Texas, so this is reason to camp on the islands instead of the river bank; you don’t want to upset any property owners.

Who is Going to Love It

Multi-day paddlers and those looking for long, lazy days on the water will enjoy visiting the lower Colorado. It’s also a fun river for standup paddlers who want to try something other than lakes.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are several river shuttle services and outfitters in Bastrop and Smithville, such as Rising Phoenix Adventures. They can help you with logistics for your trip, and you can also rent boats from them. This quiet and wooded section of the Colorado River will put your mind at ease as you meander through Central Texas. Enjoy!

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