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Colorado River Trail (TX)

Waterways: Colorado River: Austin, TX to Gulf of Mexico
Length: 290 miles

The Colorado River takes paddlers through 290 of the best miles Texas has to offer. From the outskirts of Austin to the Gulf of Mexico you'll cruise past stands of cypress and mature forest crowding the banks, discovering state parks and historic battlefields.

Downstream from the Highland Lakes, the Colorado River offers some great opportunities for water recreation.

From the Longhorn Dam on Town Lake in Austin, the Colorado slowly meanders 290 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Dozens of public access points dot this part of the river and encourage canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

March through October is usually the best time to float the Colorado River. During this period the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) typically releases water from dams upstream.

Other times of the year, the river may be only a few inches deep in some stretches. Also, trips downriver may be slower and more difficult when paddlers are bucking a strong south wind.

For initial trip suggestions, LRCA has a recommended one-day float and two-day float outlined on their website.

Contact Info:

LCRA Headquarters
3700 Lake Austin Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78703

Recorded Lake & River Info: 800-776-5272, Ext. 3333
Official website: Watertrail Index

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