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Texas whitewater, Colorado River

Burnet county, Lake Buchanan Dam to SH 29 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     1 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Texas tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're not from around here don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. This section of Colorado River in Burnet County is 1 miles long and it is classified as a class V section by American Whitewater. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve
    in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The put-in is not too far from Austin-Round Rock, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking
around here you'll find a large number of good spots. The nature scenery of Burnet County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches in this river system, there are a few others too. This is a very short stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors  
will have you coming back for more.

Briefly about the general area:
Good hiking is available along the Inks Lake State Park Trail; Inks Lake State Park is a tremendous site to visit. There are plenty of folks from Buchanan Dam here at Colorado River. Longhorn Cavern State Park is a tremendous place; hiking is a popular thing to do around Colorado River; Longhorn Cavern State Park Trail is a glorious local trail. All through the warm months at Colorado River temperatures are usually in the 90's. During the dark hours of summer temperatures drop down into the 70's. Highs all through the wintertime are frequently in the 50's with temperatures at Colorado River dipping down into the 30's through winter nights.

Colorado River, Lake Buchanan Dam to SH 29 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Colorado River.
 Whitewater Near Colorado River:
Colorado River, Burnet County, 1 miles away
      Class V - 1 miles long (Lake Buchanan Dam to SH 29)
Sandy Creek, Llano County, 15 miles away
      Class II+ - 4 miles long (Llano CR 310 to SH 71)
Llano River, Llano County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 19 miles long (Llano to FM 3404)
Cherokee Creek, San Saba County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9 miles long (FM 501 to Colorado Bend SRA Road)
Colorado River, Lampasas San Saba County, 22 miles away
      Class I-II - 16 miles long (Bend to Colorado Bend State Rec Area)
Cow Creek, Burnet Travis County, 24 miles away
      Class III-IV - 9.5 miles long (FM 1174 to FM 1431)
Sixmile Creek, Llano County, 26 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (FM 2323 to FM 152)
Pedernales River, Blanco County, 27 miles away
      Class II-IV(V+) - 17 miles long (Johnson City to Pedernales Falls SP)
Pedernales River, Blanco Hays County, 29 miles away
      Class I-II - 14 miles long (Pedernales Falls SP to Hammett's Cross)
Bear Creek, Williamson County, 29 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cty Road 274 to North Fork San Gabriel River)
 Marinas Near Colorado River:
LBJ Yacht Club & Marina, Horseshoe Bay , 13 miles away
Riverbend Marina & Storage, Horseshoe Bay , 13 miles away
 Hotels Near Colorado River:
BEST WESTERN Post Oak Inn, Burnet , 12 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Burnet, Burnet , 12 miles away
Horseshoe Bay Resort, Horseshoe Bay , 13 miles away
BEST WESTERN Marble Falls Inn, Marble Falls , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Near Lake Marble Falls, Marble Falls , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Colorado River:
Big Chief RV Resort, Marble Falls, 1 miles away
Heart Of Texas Lake Resort, Burnet, 2 miles away
Edgewater-cottages and RV Park, Buchanan Dam, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Colorado River:
Inks Lake State Park Trail, Burnet , 3 miles away
Longhorn Cavern State Park Trail, Burnet , 6 miles away
Cedar Point Recreation Area Trail, Llano , 8 miles away
Canyon of the Eagles Trail, Burnet , 9 miles away
Colorado Bend State Park Trail, San Saba , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Colorado River:
Inks Lake State Park, Texas , 3 miles away
Longhorn Cavern State Park, Texas , 4 miles away
Colorado Bend State Park, Texas , 21 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Colorado River:
Ink's Lake Golf Course, Buchanan Dam , 0 miles away
Legends Golf Course, Kingsland , 4 miles away
Packsaddle Country Club, Kingsland , 8 miles away
 Lakes Near Colorado River
Buchanan Lake, Llano , 1 miles away
Inks Lake, Burnet , 2 miles away
Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Burnet , 13 miles away

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