Kayak Camping - two day trip on Colorado River

Kayak camping. This is where you put everything you will need to survive on your kayak and paddle down the Colorado river and spending the night (camping out) on a island in the middle of the river. There is NO car access to our camp site so everything you need to camp out must be brought on your kayak. This is an intermediate level trip for kayakers. Although we will be paddling together, each paddler is fully responsible for their own safety, food, water and equipment.

We will meet at the take-out point at Fisherman's Park at 9:00 AM by the park entrance sign. Look for my blue Jeep Cherokee 4x4 with my kayak on top. We will then shuttle our kayaks and equipment to the 969 bridge/Utley and put in there while leaving some of the vehicles at Fisherman's Park.

This stretch of River is around 14 to 16 miles long. We will do just a little over half the first day and then camp out on "Boy Scout" island. That evening, we will build a bon fire (unless there is a burn ban) with the wood we can scavenge on the island. We will then cook dinner that night and have breakfast the following morning before breaking camp and continuing on down to Fisherman's Park. We should be done early that afternoon. We can then go get lunch in Bastrop for anyone that wants to do so.

You will need to bring at least your kayak, life vest (PFD), hat, sun glasses, sun screen, paddle, spare paddle (if you have one), tent (or hammock), sleeping bag, extra clothes, toiletries, cooking equipment, eating utensils, food, water (or water purification equipment). Remember this is in the middle of December so be prepared for the COLD!

Note: Do not bring anything in a glass container---if it comes in a glass container, store it in something else for this trip.

If two or more want to divvy up equipment that will be shared between themselves, that is high encouraged. It is also highly recommended that you do a trial run with all of your gear packed on your kayak in a nearby waterway to ensure that you can get everything loaded on your kayak safely before the day of the trip if you have not been kayak camping before.

If you have any questions regarding packing or what you should bring, please feel free to contact me before the trip. You can either e-mail me or call me on my cell phone at five one two, six eight zero, six six four seven.

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  • Steve B

    Please let me know when the next over night kayak/camping trip comes up. I'd love to join.

    December 25, 2013

  • Shannon B.

    Kudos to Frederick for organizing such a fun time. And, of course, the company was...exquisite. Survived the ice and snow (well, not the snow) and am now in the Inner Circle minus the secret handshake. :-) Can't wait for the next camping trip!

    December 17, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Exquisite winter kayak camping trip! We had the river and campground to ourselves and we're treated to an abundance of wildlife viewing. Weather cooperated nicely especially since we were dressed for cold temps. Really enjoyed the camaraderie and engaging fireside conversation. Fair weather kayakers will never know what they truly miss. Thanks for organizing, Frederick!

    December 16, 2013

  • Frederick

    If you are a birder, you really missed out. We saw the following this weekend: Crested Caracara, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson's Hawk, Broad-wing Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Killdee, Belted Kingfisher, Crow, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Greater Snow Geese, Canadian Geese, Gadwall, Mallard and Wood Duck as well as heard at least two different kinds of owls that evening. We saw tracks of wild feral pigs on the island. We also saw a group of white-tailed deer (a buck and three does) cross the river right in front of us as we left the island Sunday morning. We also saw cows, horses, family of raccoons (x5), squirrels and scores of red-eared slider turtles. I even had a butterfly try to land on me on Sunday morning while I was paddling.

    December 16, 2013

    • Frederick

      I am already looking forward to next year and seeing what changes the river has in store for us on our next trip. Until then...

      December 16, 2013

    • Cathy K.

      Sounds like a great trip. Yep I missed out. Another time.

      December 16, 2013

  • Bill P.

    A bit chilly in the morning, (frost on the tent and ice in the yak), but it was a great time. Got a chance to make new friends and hang with some old ones. We pretty much had the entire river to ourselves...it was a wonderful paddle!

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Shannon B.

    Frederick--What time can we be back in Austin? I have another meet-up group for a book club that meets on Sunday at 2:30. Do you think we'll be back in time for that?

    December 13, 2013

    • Bryan S.

      Shannon - this trip will give you plenty of "fodder" to write your own Book of the Month! Don't count on mid-day return. BTW, have you mastered the art of new tent setup yet?

      December 13, 2013

    • Shannon B.

      OK! No worries, will just go to the next one. Ten set-up happening as soon as I finish grading the essays for ONE class--will do the others when I get back! Looking forward to this trip.

      December 13, 2013

  • Jim R.

    So sorry to all, but I am bowing out of this overnighter. I don't have the dry/warm clothes & shoes needed to insure I would be toasty/dry that night. Frederick is a disaster responder, so he will know all the right stuff to do in case things don't go as planned.
    From old boy scout book - In case of hypothermia, y'all shuck down to your skivvies and take turns in the double sleeping bag with the unfortunate cold body until all is back to normal and clothes are dried by the fire.
    Let me know how it goes.

    December 11, 2013

  • jason

    We have to bow out as well, I got very sick today and just can't do it. I look forward to meeting you fine folks at another time. Have fun!
    Jason and Leslie

    December 11, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Sounds like perfect winter camping weather to me. Hope we see osprey and bald eagle as in previous years...

    December 10, 2013

  • Frederick

    Weather forecast for Bastrop area is as follows: Saturday morning a low of 48 degrees and a high that day of 55 degrees. Overnight temperatures of 36 degrees (but plan on temperatures reaching the freezing mark so plan accordingly). Sunday high is expected to be around 53 degrees.

    December 10, 2013

    • Emily M.

      the temps didn't really do it, but the predicted winds to 16 mph did. too windy for me.

      December 10, 2013

  • Susan

    I am trying to change my RSVP to no but it won't let me.

    December 9, 2013

    • Frederick

      Took care of it for you.

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • Susan

    Sorry folks too cold for me, I have to bow out.

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too cold for me :)

    December 8, 2013

  • Cathy K.

    I have to bow out. This is a great trip and the line up looks good too. Who ever takes this spot will make some good memories.

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    fyi, I had to change RSVP to not going due to new family Christmas Plans that were made. I really want to get back on the Colorado for some overnight trips!!!

    November 20, 2013

  • Cathy K.

    Wow...I'm in....I need to borrow or rent a kayak. My upgrade isn't a camping boat.

    November 19, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Cathy, I have a single 13' SOT with rudder for you to use. Preacher & I will have same type right next to you.

      November 20, 2013

    • Cathy K.

      Thanks.

      November 20, 2013

  • Bert & K.

    Sorry won't be able to attend. Seems lovely company party is going to be same weekend. You all enjoy and hopefully we meet you all the next time around.

    November 14, 2013

  • Shannon B.

    Hey Frederick and Bryan! Hope a spot opens up! Tracey too, I think!

    October 28, 2013

  • Julie L.

    I am new to the group. Been itching to take a overnight trip like this!!! Could I please be added to the trip with a possible plus 1. Thank you :)

    October 5, 2013

  • Bert & K.

    not sure how to change mine to show the +1 but as my profile name says both Bert and Kristin. Just wanted to be sure we were both counted in. Thanks

    October 1, 2013

    • Frederick

      I have updated your RSVP to show both of you as going.

      October 4, 2013

  • Frederick

    If this fills up you can still put down that you want to go and your name will go on the waiting list. If anyone cancels then the next person on the waiting list gets bumped up into the "attending" group.

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Id love to consider it if it was late Oct. - afraid it'll be too cold in Dec. and my kayak (Dagger Savannah) won't hold that much warm clothes and everything else

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this is what I like to do best!!!

    September 30, 2013

  • Bert & K.

    Did an August trip from Little Webberville to Fishermans park. Was beautiful! Should be better minus the Mosquitos! Been telling wife she needs to try so this will be her first river trip.

    September 30, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Sounds real good to me & dog Preacher. Will talk to others closer to event to share equipment. I can bring the bucket toilet seat and privacy screen for all - hauling out the sealed waste Sunday.

    September 30, 2013

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