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Texas whitewater, James River

Mason county, FM 385 to FM 2389 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     18 miles
Regarding fencing a river: My understanding is that Texas defines and states in statute: that the definition of a navigable water way is the same as Federal Law, which is pretty clear that the land owner only owns up to the Normal High Water Mark. We who live along the river have no right to fence or deny access to any persons below that same high water mark. We do Not own the water, the river bottom below the Normal High Water Mark, nor
    do we own the fish or wildlife. These people either don't know the laws, or don't care. Has anyone approached the Corps of Engineers? Many of these guys often fail to realize that messing with the streambed requires a 404
permit from the Corps. We like to float the Elm Fork of the Trinity, and a nearby farmer has just erected a 3 strand barb wire fence across the channel. Woe be to the first floater that gets hung up in it. Guess I will start with Corps for relief. Any ideas? Says M. Cavanagh

The fence that is being constructed by Star S Ranch will not prevent any one from navigating the James River. There will be a large door which will allow people to
portage canoes and kayaks around the fence. Says W Scott

It is my understanding that the Star S Ranch is building a game proof/ human fence across the James River. This is about 8 miles above where the James and Llano meet. Says T Osburn

This section of James River in Mason County is 18 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. The nature scenery of Texas and the cool fresh water will make you feel great. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camping stuff. The campgrounds here at James River are pretty good.

James River, FM 385 to FM 2389 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near James River.
 Whitewater Near James River:
James River, Mason County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 18 miles long (FM 385 to FM 2389)
Beaver Creek, Mason County, 17 miles away
      Class III - 11 miles long (Spring Branch Road to US 87)
Llano River, Mason Llano County, 18 miles away
      Class II(III) - 17 miles long (US 87 to CR 103)
San Saba River, Mason McCulloch San Saba County, 23 miles away
      Class II - 40 miles long (FM 1311 to FM 2732)
Llano River - Johnson Fork, Kimble County, 24 miles away
      Class II - 3.5 miles long (FM 2169 to Kimble CR 320)
Llano River, Kimble County, 27 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (Kimble CR 310 to Kimble CR 314)
Hickory Creek River, Llano County, 28 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 10 miles long (County Road 109 to FM 152)
 Hotels Near James River:
Bella Vista Cottage, Fredericksburg , 20 miles away
Econo Lodge Junction, Junction , 29 miles away
Rodeway Inn Junction, Junction , 30 miles away
Best Western Dos Rios, Junction , 30 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Junction , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near James River:
Fort Mason City Park, Mason, 14 miles away
Llano River RV Park, Mason, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near James River:
South Llano River State Park, Texas , 31 miles away
Kerrville-Schreiner State Park, Texas , 36 miles away
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas , 36 miles away
 Golf Courses Near James River:
Golf Course Comanche Creek, Mason , 13 miles away

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