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Texas whitewater, Barton Creek

Travis county, Loop 360 to Zilker Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III     4 miles
The lower part of Barton Creek can be dangerous when water is high enough, but not because of the rockiness of the streambed. It's because the course is heavily overgrown with brush and trees. The creek is dry or nearly dry most of the time and that allows vegetation to grow profusely. When the flow is strong you can easily get tangle in the brush if you don't know what you're doing. Says Keith

Barton Creek is a favorite among Austin
    locals whether it is flowing high or low because it is a great getaway right in the heart of Austin. This technical creek drains the northern side of Hwy 290, and ends in downtown Austin, but you would never know it while
you are down in the creek. It has all of the charms of the Hill Country conveniently located close to work, school, and home for Austinites, and people travel from all over the state to catch this creek flowing. It has some quality playspots whether you are a paddler or just a swimmer. Says Ben (see picture)

The Loop 360 to Zilker Park section of Barton Creek in Texas is 4 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to
be a class III section. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that quite a few of the sections in this state are pretty easy. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, there are lots of good spots for that around here. The campgrounds here at Barton Creek are pretty good. 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. This is a pretty decent length section, it's perfect for a one day trip. A good workout and just hanging out with mother nature are great reasons to come.

Barton Creek, Loop 360 to Zilker Park road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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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, 1 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Loop 360 to Zilker Park)
Colorado River, Travis County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Austin Below Tom Miller Dam)
Shoal Creek, Travis County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (W 34 St to W 12 St)
Barton Creek, Travis County, 4 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Lost Creek to Loop 360)
Colorado River, Travis County, 5 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Austin Below Longhorn Dam)
Onion Creek, Travis County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5 miles long (Wm Cannon Dr E to R Moya Pk)
Bull Creek, Travis County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Spicewood Sprgs Road to Bull Cr Road)
Barton Creek, Travis County, 10 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (SH 71 to Lost Creek)
Brushy Creek, Williamson County, 17 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (FM 620 to Forest Cr Golf Club Road)
Whitewater Outfitter - Steve's Toobs, Hays County, 24 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
 Marinas Near Barton Creek:
Oyster's Landing Marina, Austin , 2 miles away
Lake Austin Marina, Austin , 3 miles away
West Lake Beach, Austin , 3 miles away
Bluffs Landing Marina, Austin , 4 miles away
Sandy Creek Yacht Club & Marina, Austin , 5 miles away
 Hotels Near Barton Creek:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites AUSTIN SW - SUNSET VALLEY, Sunset Valley , 2 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Austin Southwest At Mopac, Austin , 2 miles away
South Congress Hotel, Austin , 3 miles away
Austin Motel, Austin , 3 miles away
Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin , 3 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Barton Creek:
Pecan Grove RV Park, Austin, 2 miles away
Oaks Rv Park, Austin, 2 miles away
Austin Lonestar RV Resort, Austin, 4 miles away
 Trails Near Barton Creek:
Bee Creek Trail, Travis , 2 miles away
Lake Trail, Travis , 4 miles away
Ridge Trail, Travis , 4 miles away
Boggy Creek Greenbelt Trail, Travis , 5 miles away
Roy Guerrero Colorado River Park Trail, Travis , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Barton Creek:
McKinney Falls State Park, Texas , 5 miles away
Lockhart State Park, Texas , 24 miles away
Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Barton Creek:
Golf Club, Austin , 1 miles away
Golf Links, Austin , 1 miles away
Austin Golf Courses, Austin , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Barton Creek
Lake Austin, Travis , 2 miles away
Elm Waterhole, Travis , 7 miles away
Lake Travis, Travis , 12 miles away

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