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Texas whitewater, Barton Creek

Travis county, SH 71 to Lost Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     12 miles
  This stretch of Barton Creek in Texas is 12 miles long and is a class I-II section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. Getting a good workout and spending some quality time in nature have people coming from far and near.
    The natural beauty of Texas and the water flowing gracefully down Barton Creek make the trip here worthwhile. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing
to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The put-in location is a short drive from Austin-Round Rock, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This section has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so why not pack your sleeping bag too. This river system is full  
of great paddling sections, the SH 71 to Lost Creek section is just one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Barton Creek without first going for a hike along the Waterfall Trail, and folks from Austin love to come here. There are good places to look at along the Pecan Grove Trail, and a great place is Hebbingston Hollow. This river is so wonderful. McKinney Falls State Park is a fine place to go if you're at Barton Creek It's always good to visit Canyon Spring. The amount of precipitation that falls at Barton Creek is close to the national average.

Barton Creek, SH 71 to Lost Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Barton Creek.
 Whitewater Near Barton Creek:
Barton Creek, Travis County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (SH 71 to Lost Creek)
Barton Creek, Travis County, 3 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Lost Creek to Loop 360)
Barton Creek, Travis County, 6 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Loop 360 to Zilker Park)
Colorado River, Travis County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Austin Below Tom Miller Dam)
Shoal Creek, Travis County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (W 34 St to W 12 St)
Bull Creek, Travis County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Spicewood Sprgs Road to Bull Cr Road)
Onion Creek, Travis County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5 miles long (Wm Cannon Dr E to R Moya Pk)
Colorado River, Travis County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Austin Below Longhorn Dam)
Brushy Creek, Williamson County, 19 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (FM 620 to Forest Cr Golf Club Road)
San Gabriel River - South Fork, Williamson County, 22 miles away
      Class II - 18 miles long (Liberty Hill to Georgetown)
 Marinas Near Barton Creek:
Bluffs Landing Marina, Austin , 4 miles away
Sandy Creek Yacht Club & Marina, Austin , 6 miles away
Marshall Ford Marina, Austin , 7 miles away
Lake Austin Marina, Austin , 7 miles away
Oyster's Landing Marina, Austin , 7 miles away
 Hotels Near Barton Creek:
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin , 2 miles away
Hampton Inn Austin-Oak Hill TX, Austin , 3 miles away
Residence Inn Austin Southwest, Austin , 4 miles away
Sonesta Bee Cave Austin, Bee Cave , 4 miles away
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Barton Creek:
Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Austin, 4 miles away
Mansfield Dam, Austin, 7 miles away
Lake Travis Inn and RV Park, Austin, 8 miles away
 Trails Near Barton Creek:
Pecan Grove Trail, Travis , 3 miles away
Waterfall Trail, Travis , 3 miles away
Turkey Creek Trail, Travis , 4 miles away
Circle C Slaughter Creek Trail, Travis , 5 miles away
Rim Rock Trail, Travis , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Barton Creek:
McKinney Falls State Park, Texas , 12 miles away
Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas , 25 miles away
Lockhart State Park, Texas , 28 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Barton Creek:
Fazio Number 2 Golf Course, Austin , 1 miles away
Lost Creek Country Club Golf, Austin , 3 miles away
Varsity Golf-Univ Of Tex Golf, Austin , 4 miles away
 Lakes Near Barton Creek
Lake Travis, Travis , 7 miles away
Lake Austin, Travis , 7 miles away
Elm Waterhole, Travis , 8 miles away

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