Bring your kayaks and canoes to Bastrop, Texas, RV travelers, for some stellar paddling action on the Colorado River. This beautiful waterway provides year-round recreation in the Austin area, whether you like to fly fish, paddle, hike a trail or simply set up camp nearby and watch the sun rise over the river.
If you’ve never traveled to this stretch of Texas, your best route from the north is I-35 from Dallas to Austin, then thirty miles southeast to Bastrop via TX-71. Once in Bastrop, you’ll find the perfect launch spot for the six-mile El Camino Real Paddling Trail at the city’s Fisherman’s Park.
Take a few minutes before you launch to enjoy Bastrop’s Riverwalk that links this park to Ferry Park just down the river. When you’re done admiring the view, head back to the boat launch and paddle downstream toward Lost Pines Recreational Trails. The Colorado makes a big loop around the city of Bastrop, but you won’t know you’re close to town once you get out on the water.
The unspoiled, backwoods beauty of this paddling trail makes it popular for kayakers, fly fishermen and the well-run paddling tours led by local outfitters. If you don’t have your own watercraft, be sure to book a tour as you plan your RV camping trip to Bastrop. For paddlers who want to drop a line while on the water for Guadalupe bass, smallmouth bass or channel cats, the El Camino Paddling Trail offers excellent prospects.
When you decide to take a break from the water, head over to Bastrop State Park to enjoy the beauty of the ‘Lost Pines’, a remnant of loblolly pines found only in this section of Central Texas. You’ll also find RV campsites there, so if you like the idea of camping in a deep, green forest, by all means set up camp there for the night.
Another popular way to get out on the Colorado River while camping near Bastrop, Texas involves a visit to the Colorado River Refuge. Accessible right in town in the Tahitian Village Subdivision, the Refuge offers not only hiking trails and nature talks led by local volunteers, but also a launch point to yet another scenic stretch of the Colorado.
If you’d like to paddle a little longer on the Colorado near Bastrop, why not take the Wilbarger Paddling Trail? Put in at the bridge north of Bastrop on Farm-to-Market Road 969 and float fourteen miles past sandstone cliffs, hardwood forests and plenty of birds and wildlife, all the way down to Fisherman’s Park.
Bonus Bastrop Travel Tip: Don’t leave this Texas small-town gem without experiencing the charm of Bastrop’s Main Street. Maxine’s on Main is known throughout Texas for rib-sticking eats and the homes and shops around town represent with flair one of the Lone Star State’s earliest settlements.
With several campgrounds located along the river in the Bastrop area, including the Colorado River KOA, there’s no obstacle to an extended RV camping and paddling expedition to Central Texas. Get in touch with us for a Texas RV rental and plan to spend time on the Colorado River soon.
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