Past Meetup

Sierra Club Bastrop - Wilbarger Paddling Trail Overnight


bastrop river company

601 Chestnut · Bastrop , TX

How to find us

At the BRC location, simply speak to one of the staff. At the FM 969 bridge you’ll need to ask whomever is there if you don’t recognize anyone.

Location image of event venue


Texas Parks and Wildlife has this to say about the paddling trail,

“The Wilbarger Paddling Trail is wide and slow-moving with a few minor rapids, but no man-made obstructions to avoid, although snags and debris should be avoided. This trail is where the river intersects the Carrizo-Wilcox major aquifer outcrop resulting in unique geological formations and groundwater-surface water exchanges. The flood plain is flat with limestone outcroppings, and several exposed cut-banks. Frequent sand bars and islands provide suitable areas for resting.”

Image Source: Google Maps

We’ll be doing the first half of the trail starting shortly after noon on Saturday. When we reach “Scout Island” about 5pm we’ll stop and camp for the night. Sunday morning we’ll try and get back on the water at 8:00 AM so that we arrive at Fisherman’s Park between noon and 1:00 PM.

Image: Fisherman's Park Boat Ramp, the take out.

On Sunday, once all the gear is returned we have the option to retire to a local restaurant and get some food while sharing our experiences, maybe even plan a future one. Suggestions and discussion welcome!

Image: Bridge just down stream from take out, BRC is at left of bridge.

NOTICE: Be sure to arrange your boat and shuttle service before signing up on the Sierra Club, or other, meet up page.

Image: Google Maps - The put in at 969, public ramp is on the north side.

Bastrop River Company (BRC) is providing the canoes and shuttle service. The fee is $70/person for the event if they need a canoe and shuttle. if you have your own canoe and just need to shuttle from BRC to 969 the fee is $15 per person. Contact Lee Harle w/ BRC before May 25 to reserve a spot and arrange payment. The canoes are two person so, unless you have a partner already, we’ll figure out who is sharing boats with whom before we leave on Saturday. Lee does have a few kayaks if that’s more your preference. After May 25 you may still contact Lee but boat availability will be limited.

Image Source: Google Maps - Parking / Meet & Shuttle / Take out

Participants will need to provide suitable clothing, a hat, water (at least 1 gallon per person), food, tents, sleeping gear, a means to cook their food if needed, etc. Please make plans on how you’re going to deal with your trash and waste, we are practicing Leave No Trace ( on this trip. Digging cat holes isn’t acceptable in this situation, so you need to be looking at Clean Mountain Cans or similar arrangements. Academy and REI are also places to start looking at available solutions. BRC will provide the boats, PFD, and paddles. Car pooling is highly recommended as parking in Bastrop can be a little sparse. Sierra Club is not responsible for arranging transportation to or from the event.


Those renting boats from BRC will proceed directly to Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop to find parking and meet at the BRC location a few blocks away from Fisherman’s Park, by 11:00 AM. More details about where to park are coming soon.

If you’re bringing your own boat then proceed directly to the Utley FM 969 public boat ramp and drop off your boat and supplies. Sierra Club will have somebody there to watch the gear. You will then proceed to Bastrop, find parking, and meet the rest of the group at BRC by 11:00 AM. Be sure to contact Lee Erle to make sure he has an accurate count of persons to shuttle.

If you’re going to park in Bastrop, please leave a float plan and contact information on the dash of your vehicle for PD/Fire, you can park at either the public library or Fisherman’s Park.

BRC will arrange shuttle from their Bastrop location to the FM 969 bridge for participants and the rented boats.

Bastrop River Company Attn: Lee Harle 601 Chestnut St. Bastrop, TX[masked] [masked]

Fisherman’s Park 1200 Willow - 400 Farm St. Bastrop, TX[masked] [masked][masked] N -[masked] W

Utley (FM 969) Bridge[masked] N -[masked] W