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.