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Texas whitewater, Medina River

Bandera county, Medina to Bandera Falls section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     27 miles
 
We have a time share in Bandera Texas and are a family of six (2 adults, 4 kids ages 17, 16, 15, and 8). We would love to do a white water rafting trip with them next summer but aren't familar enough with the area to choose the correct spot. Could you assist? Says Taryn Wade

We were at the Medina River last week and came across a duck with fishing wire on her foot. My mother notified a park employee who said he would take care of it.
    He drove off and we never saw him again. here is a picture of the duck. I really hope something can be done to help this poor injured duck. Says Maureen Larnard (see picture)

The put-in location is a short drive
from Kerrville, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you wonít get lost. The nature scenery of Texas and the cool fresh water make the trip here worthwhile. This section of Medina River is 27 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are not so many other good rivers for that around here. There are some good sections  
to paddle in this river system, the Medina to Bandera Falls section is one of them. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but if you donít have reservations you might end up sleeping in your car. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more forgiving, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. Getting a good workout and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people.

Medina River, Medina to Bandera Falls 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 Medina River.
 Whitewater Near Medina River:
Verde Creek, Medina County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 7 miles long (SH 173 crossings N of Hondo)
Medina River, Bandera County, 9 miles away
      Class II - 27 miles long (Medina to Bandera Falls)
Guadalupe River, Kerr County, 13 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Center Point to Comfort)
Hondo Creek, Medina County, 15 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (2nd FM 462 crossing to Kings Water Hole)
Guadalupe River, Kendall County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 45 miles long (Comfort to Farm Road 3351)
San Geronimo Creek, Bexar Medina County, 21 miles away
      Class -blank- - 10.5 miles long (San Geronimo to Cliff)
 Marinas Near Medina River:
Joe's Marina, Mico , 17 miles away
Stormy's Marina, Mico , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Medina River:
The Holekamp House Bed & Break, Comfort , 20 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Kerrville , 20 miles away
Inn Of The Hills Resort And Conference, Kerrville , 20 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Kerrville, Kerrville , 20 miles away
Days Inn Kerrville, Kerrville , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Medina River:
Mansfield Park, Bandera, 0 miles away
Twin Elm Guest Ranch, Bandera, 2 miles away
Riverside RV Park, Bandera, 2 miles away
 Public Lands Near Medina River:
Kerrville-Schreiner State Park, Texas , 17 miles away
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Medina River:
Flying L Golf Course, Bandera , 4 miles away
Bandera Ranch Resort, Bandera , 5 miles away
Club At Comanche Trace, Kerrville , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Medina River
Thalmann Lake, Bandera , 4 miles away
Medina Lake, Medina , 17 miles away

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