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Groundhog Day Paddle and Campout on the Colorado River

Punxsutawney Phil will have already made his appearance before we get started, but it is a good way to remember the date, February 2nd.

Let’s paddle an 18 mile stretch of the Colorado River just east of Austin. We’ll put in at the FM 973 bridge and paddle about 9 miles on Saturday. We will camp on a large island just upstream of Decker Creek and then paddle the remaining 9 miles to the takeout at Big Webberville Park.

Let’s meet at the put-in at 9:00 a.m. to unload boats and gear. We will run the shuttle at 10:00 a.m. MOC Kayaks will run the shuttle for us since we do not want to leave anyone’s car at FM 973 overnight. They will give a group discount for the shuttle. They also rent boats in case you need one.

The Put-in Location:

FM 973 intersects SH 71 not far past ABIA airport. Click this link for details.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=30.208637,-97.637655&spn=0.002629,0.005166&t=h&z=18

The Campsite:

The camping island is shown on this link: The group will stop at the head of the island while I scout the island to pick out the best campsite for us.

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=30.221565,-97.541814&spn=0.010513,0.020664&t=h&z=16

The Take-out Location:

Big Webberville Park is a Travis County Park located off of FM 969, approximately 3 miles east of Webberville. The vehicles should be safe parked there overnight. The County website states that there is not entrance fee to this park and it did not mention any day use fees. They make their money by renting fields for organized sports. I will check with the Park during business hours this week to see if there will be any expenses. The drivers should all be caravaning there together, but in case you get separated, here is an address and a link to that location:

Webberville Park (there is a sign for the park on FM 969 at Webberwood Drive)
2305 Park Ln. Elgin, TX 78621

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=2305+Park+Ln.+Elgin,+TX+78621&hl=en&ll=30.21667,-97.488706&spn=0.015001,0.027874&sll=30.460364,-97.654209&sspn=0.059557,0.111494&hnear=Park+Ln,+Elgi...

What to bring:

Bring everything that you will need for paddling, camping, food, water and cooking. You must have a life jacket for each person in your boat. If you new to this and need more detailed information, let me know.

Texas winters can be unpredictable so we’ll keep a close eye on the weather forecast and be prepared for what comes our way.

Food and drink:

Bring lunches to be eaten on the river Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday night, we will have a community pot luck dinner. I will make a batch of Dutch oven chili and a Dutch oven dessert. If everyone brings something to share, we will have quite a feast.

Sunday morning, if folks bring the ingredients, we can make breakfast tacos for the group. I will put together a shopping list once we have an idea of how many people are coming and we’ll divvy it up amongst the participants.

You will need drinking water for both days as well as water for coffee, cooking, washing dishes and hygiene. BYOB for any other refreshments you care to bring.

Pets and Children:

Well behaved pets and children are welcome. Parents and owners are responsible for their safety and for ensuring that they do not become a nuisance to others.

Let me know if there are any questions.

Wild Bill

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  • Jim R.

    Homerun Event & Weather - Wild Bill sure has connections.

    February 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great photos everyone! Wish I could have been on this trip, looks like you have a perfect paddling weekend!

    February 4, 2013

  • Dave

    Had a great time for my first one, excellent food, excellent planning. Thanks to everyone can't wait till the next one!!!

    February 4, 2013

  • Greg W.

    Thanks everyone for a fantastic weekend. It was my first meetup and my first time kayak camping and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I'll be waiting for my next opportunity to join you guys!

    February 4, 2013

  • Robert B.

    great group, many thanks to Wild Bill for putting it together

    February 4, 2013

  • Robert B.

    great trip, fantastic weather, interesting group, so close to town yet so disconnected, amazing Beachfront camping, many thanks for the great Sunday Brunch

    February 4, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Another stellar trip with all the key ingredients: great paddling folks, great food, excellent weather, lots of bird watching. Wild Bill's chili and breakfast tacos were a smash hit! Nice to make new friends and reconnect with the usual suspects... Beachfront camping to boot!

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am totally worn out, but it is a good worn out. I really liked it.

    February 4, 2013

  • Wild B.

    It doesn't get much better than this. Great weather, wildlife, great camping, food and fun paddling to boot. But best part was all the really terrific people who came. We all had a blast.

    February 3, 2013

  • Emily M.

    Awesome! One of the best trips ever! Thanks Bill

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • Wild B.

    Well it looks like it is going to be perfect weather for this weekend. That is great. Jim tells me that he is fashioning a port-o-pot with a screen to provide some creature comforts for us in the wild. That is great. Thanks!

    See you on the river tomorrow morning.

    1 · February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks for all the support. i rented a tent, ground pad and i have my own sleeping bag (spaced out on that). extra dry bag is appreciated. the weather is going to be perfect.

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    awesome Jim. I would appreciate borrowing a medium dry bag. i rented a tent and forgot to rent compact mattress and sleeping bag. do you have any extra sleeping and mattress. i have one medium dry bag. i pack very light.

    January 31, 2013

    • Jim R.

      Cathy, one med dry bag for you at put-in. You're S.O.L on loaner sleeping bags or mattress pads.

      January 31, 2013

    • Bryan S.

      Cathy, I have a sleeping bag you can use - rated to 30 degrees. No extra bed roll, though. Let me know.

      February 1, 2013

  • Wild B.

    The weekend fun is coming soon. I am ready to get started. Most folks have sent me their vehicle info. I am sending that in tomorrow night. If you are parking in Webberville Park overnight and you haven't sent me your vehicle data, please do so. The park manager is requesting make, model, color, license plate and emergency phone number for each vehicle. Thanks. See you soon. Wild Bill

    January 31, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Weather just looking super from here on out. 70*high 40* low, may be cooler in river valley. Making use of Texas' Winter,
    Your Yankee friends will be so jealous. OK to Rub it in.

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hea Bonnie, Emily, Teresa.... we are out numbered by the guys. Hope you all make it!! Bring the right gear and we will make some great memories.

    January 31, 2013

  • Jim R.

    All,
    Keeping your essentials dry (clothes, sleeping bag, fleece jkt) when kayak camping is important.
    I have much dry bag type stuff to loan ( from family & scout canoe vacations) if you let me know:
    8 trash compactor thick bags(scouts use as drybag with rubber band seal)
    2 large 18"-tall screwup W.P. buckets (as camp stool too)
    3 med 12"-tall screwtop W.P. buckets (as campstool too)
    2 large dry bags,
    1 med dry bag,
    4 med compressor bags (like dry bags, but thinner skin)

    Scouts also double trashbag if that's all they have available.
    you can email or ph me.
    rankintex (at) grandecom.net
    512-six three two-0020
    Jim Rankin

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    good thing i said i'm in for sure......sounds like fun!

    January 29, 2013

  • Jim R.

    This sounds like too much fun to miss.
    I'm camping and the whole 18 miles.
    Preacher dog too, and he wears a new muzzle while kayaking to change his barks into small yips. I don't want this to be a problem and will paddle further away when needed.
    As long as we all prepare for the weather...
    I'll do my best for a campfire so we can roast sausage & marshmallows, etc. The dutch oven chili sounds great and community Breakfast Tacos - WOW. Your own camp chair or bucket stool at fire is creature comfort.
    Think what this would cost if it was all done by an Outfitter in a notable vacation spot..and its the very same experience done on our own. I'll send truck info and what taco fixings in separate email.

    January 27, 2013

    • Bryan S.

      Glad you're joining us for the whole enchilada, Jim. This will be a fun trip indeed with a few of us "usual suspects" always making for a great trip...

      January 27, 2013

  • Wild B.

    I did hear back from the Webberville Park Manager. There will not be a fee to park in the park overnight. He does want to have list of the vehicles that will be there Saturday night. That list needs to include the:

    Make
    Model
    Color
    License number
    Emergency phone number

    for each vehicle we are leaving there. Would the drivers please send me this information by e-mail? I will compile and submit the list to the park. If you don't have my e-mail address, click on my picture or profile and you can send me an e-mail via Meetup.

    See you in two weeks!

    Thanks,
    Wild Bill

    January 19, 2013

    • Robert B.

      we are 2, planning to bring a canoe, any objections? dont have a kayak, I have used my canoe on that segment on a day trip before

      January 22, 2013

    • Wild B.

      I am paddling a canoe. That works for me.

      January 22, 2013

  • Emily M.

    Are there plenty of trees on the island? I'm thinking about getting a hammock

    January 21, 2013

    • Wild B.

      This will be my first time on this island but judging by the aerial photo, I would say your prospects are good.

      1 · January 21, 2013

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