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Texas whitewater, San Gabriel River - North Fork

Williamson county, L. Georgetown to Georgetown section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     4 miles
 
Just made this trip this weekend (9/9/07) and the water is really high and running fast! Lots of trees to navigate and a shorter yak would have been nice (had Tarpon 120's). My wife and I are both 'new' to kayaking and this was just our 3rd trip and was almost more than we bargained for. You could not get all the way to the bottom of the dam to start and had to enter a little farther down. I think it is just more technical right now with the
    river so high and fast. A lot of tight turns and very small openings through the trees. One thing not mentioned anywhere here is the 8ft dam drop you have to portage. Beware of that one! Also, maybe 4 other places where
the water was over some walkways that created 1-3 foot drops. You can run those or pretty easy to get around them.
Enjoy carefully! Says Robert M

When the dam is releasing water this can be an exciting trip. Nothing too scarry. My 16 year old daughter made her 1st trip with only one incident but you can just stand up and walk away from your boat if necessary. The key is the release of water from the dam. Says Bryan C

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rafting and kayaking spots in Texas are easier than the national norm, so don't forget that rivers in this state are less demanding. The L. Georgetown to Georgetown section of San Gabriel River - North Fork is 4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II section of whitewater. The campgrounds here at San Gabriel River - North Fork are pretty good. There are plenty of other stretches in this river system that can be paddled as well. If you're coming from Austin-Round Rock it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost.

San Gabriel River - North Fork, L. Georgetown to Georgetown 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 San Gabriel River - North Fork.
 Whitewater Near San Gabriel River - North Fork:
San Gabriel River, Williamson County, 2 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Georgetown City Pk to Jonah)
San Gabriel River - North Fork, Williamson County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 4 miles long (L. Georgetown to Georgetown)
Berry Creek, Williamson County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Shell Road to Weir)
Brushy Creek, Williamson County, 8 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (FM 620 to Forest Cr Golf Club Road)
San Gabriel River - South Fork, Williamson County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 18 miles long (Liberty Hill to Georgetown)
Bull Creek, Travis County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Spicewood Sprgs Road to Bull Cr Road)
San Gabriel River - North Fork, Williamson County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 8 miles long (CR 200 to US 183)
Salado Creek, Bell County, 18 miles away
      Class II+ - 5 miles long (FM 2843 to Salado)
Bear Creek, Williamson County, 20 miles away
      Class II-III - 6 miles long (Cty Road 274 to North Fork San Gabriel River)
Shoal Creek, Travis County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (W 34 St to W 12 St)
 Marinas Near San Gabriel River - North Fork:
Reyes Marina, Austin , 17 miles away
Cypress Creek Marina, Leander , 18 miles away
Riviera Marina, Leander , 19 miles away
Sandy Creek Marina Store, Leander , 19 miles away
Dodd Street Docks, Leander , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near San Gabriel River - North Fork:
Comfort Suites Georgetown, Georgetown , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn And Suites Georgetown/Austin North TX, Georgetown , 1 miles away
BEST WESTERN PLUS Georgetown Inn & Suites, Georgetown , 1 miles away
La Quinta Inn Georgetown, Georgetown , 2 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites GEORGETOWN, Georgetown , 2 miles away
 Campgrounds Near San Gabriel River - North Fork:
Cedar Breaks, Georgetown, 3 miles away
Jim Hogg, Georgetown, 3 miles away
Berry Springs RV Park, Georgetown, 3 miles away
 Trails Near San Gabriel River - North Fork:
Good Water Trail, Williamson , 3 miles away
Trailhead Park Trail, Travis , 15 miles away
Creek Trail, Travis , 16 miles away
Hill Trail, Travis , 16 miles away
Northwest District Park Trail, Travis , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near San Gabriel River - North Fork:
McKinney Falls State Park, Texas , 27 miles away
 Golf Courses Near San Gabriel River - North Fork:
Georgetown Country Club, Georgetown , 0 miles away
Southwestern University Golf Course, Georgetown , 3 miles away
Berry Creek Golf Course, Georgetown , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near San Gabriel River - North Fork
Lake Georgetown, Williamson , 2 miles away

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