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Water Trails > Guadalupe Valley Paddling Trail

Guadalupe Valley Paddling Trail (TX)

Location: near Cuero, TX (DeWitt County; southeast TX)
Waterway: Guadalupe River
Length: 13.8 miles

This stretch of the Guadalupe River is dominated by runs, with a few faster running riffles that are fun to paddle through. Paddlers are advised to use caution at the remnants of a dam located approximately 2.5 miles from the put-in at FM 766, which will need to be paddled around. Additionally, there may be snags to avoid, especially when water levels are low.

The Guadalupe River in the Cuero vicinity is subject to influence by rainfall runoff that may create temporary high flows and undesirable water quality conditions. Heavy rains and high water can create dangerous conditions.

Three access sites:
  1. FM 766 (Hell's Gate)
    GPS coordinates 29 80' 49.63" N, 97 19' 40.42" W
    In Cuero at intersection of Reuss Blvd. and Hwy. 183 (Esplanade) turn West toward FM766. Turn Right on FM 766 (Terrell St), travel on FM 766 approximately 4 miles to the Guadalupe River. Cross Bridge and take first right to the Access Point.

  2. State Hwy 72
    GPS coordinates 29 50 26.00 N, 97 19' 47.27" W
    From Cuero at intersection of Hwy 183 (Explanade) and Hwy 72 (Heaton St) turn West onto Hwy. 72 and travel 2.2 miles to Guadalupe River. Cross Bridge and take first right to Access Point.

    Alternate Access Site at Hwy 183: There is an alternative launch site located about 2.6 miles downriver from SH 72 access site and before the take-out site at FM 236. From Cuero, travel south on Highway 183 (Esplanade). Before crossing the trestle bridge and the Guadalupe River, take a left to access point under the bridge

  3. FM 236
    GPS coordinates 29 30 70.20 N, 97 15' 54.00"
    In Cuero at intersection of Hwy 183 (Esplanade) and Morgan Ave. turn east on Morgan Ave. and travel several blocks to FM 236. Turn Right on FM 236, travel 2.5 miles to Guadalupe River and exit right before crossing bridge to reach the Access Point down under the bridge.
Paddlers can choose to do part or all of this trail.

Length and float time for each segment are:

FM 766 to SH 72 = 6.6 miles (2-4 hours)
SH 72 to FM 236 = 7.2 mi (2-4 hours)

Here's a YouTube video with general info on the Texas Paddling Trails:

Contact Info:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
Toll Free: 800-792-1112


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