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Texas whitewater, Shoal Creek

Travis county, W 34 St to W 12 St section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     2 miles
Shoal Creek stays painfully dry nearly year round these days. You'll have a very short window of a couple days after heavy rains before it slows to nothing again. Says Dave

The starting point is not too far from Austin-Round Rock, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The wonderful Travis County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Shoal Creek will make you feel great. This stretch of Shoal Creek
    in Texas is 2 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. If you'll be staying in a hotel you're in luck, lodging is available very near the river, and if you make reservations in advance
you're all set. This section is quite short so better bring some good walking shoes. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The average Texas whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master than those in other states, so better not forget that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. This river system  
has a few good paddling sections and the W 34 St to W 12 St section is one of them. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Shoal Creek without stopping by McKinney Falls State Park, and folks from Austin-Round Rock love to come here. A visit to Shoal Creek wouldn't be complete without taking a look at Seiders Spring. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Lake Trail, and do take a hike on the Ridge Trail.

Shoal Creek, W 34 St to W 12 St 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 Shoal Creek.
 Whitewater Near Shoal Creek:
Shoal Creek, Travis County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 2 miles long (W 34 St to W 12 St)
Colorado River, Travis County, 2 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Austin Below Tom Miller Dam)
Colorado River, Travis County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 0.1 miles long (Austin Below Longhorn Dam)
Barton Creek, Travis County, 5 miles away
      Class III - 4 miles long (Loop 360 to Zilker Park)
Bull Creek, Travis County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Spicewood Sprgs Road to Bull Cr Road)
Barton Creek, Travis County, 7 miles away
      Class III - 5 miles long (Lost Creek to Loop 360)
Onion Creek, Travis County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 5 miles long (Wm Cannon Dr E to R Moya Pk)
Barton Creek, Travis County, 12 miles away
      Class I-II - 12 miles long (SH 71 to Lost Creek)
Brushy Creek, Williamson County, 14 miles away
      Class II+ - 6 miles long (FM 620 to Forest Cr Golf Club Road)
San Gabriel River, Williamson County, 22 miles away
      Class II+ - 10 miles long (Georgetown City Pk to Jonah)
 Marinas Near Shoal Creek:
Oyster's Landing Marina, Austin , 2 miles away
West Lake Beach, Austin , 2 miles away
Lake Austin Marina, Austin , 3 miles away
Reyes Marina, Austin , 7 miles away
Bluffs Landing Marina, Austin , 8 miles away
 Hotels Near Shoal Creek:
AT And T Hotel And Conference, Austin , 1 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Austin * The University-Capitol TX, Austin , 1 miles away
DoubleTree Suites By Hilton Austin, Austin , 1 miles away
Omni Austin Hotel, Austin , 1 miles away
La Quinta Inn Austin Capitol / Downtown, Austin , 1 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Shoal Creek:
Camp Mabry Travel Camp, Austin, 2 miles away
Pecan Grove RV Park, Austin, 2 miles away
Oaks Rv Park, Austin, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Shoal Creek:
Lake Trail, Travis , 2 miles away
Ridge Trail, Travis , 2 miles away
Boggy Creek Greenbelt Trail, Travis , 3 miles away
Bee Creek Trail, Travis , 3 miles away
Northwest District Park Trail, Travis , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Shoal Creek:
McKinney Falls State Park, Texas , 6 miles away
Lockhart State Park, Texas , 26 miles away
Pedernales Falls State Park, Texas , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Shoal Creek:
Roy Kizer Golf Course, Austin , 1 miles away
Hancock Golf Course, Austin , 2 miles away
Austin Golf Courses, Austin , 2 miles away
 Lakes Near Shoal Creek
Lake Austin, Travis , 3 miles away
Elm Waterhole, Travis , 10 miles away
Lake Travis, Travis , 12 miles away

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