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There’s no place like the Lower Colorado River to plan a canoe camping excursion for youth groups and scouts. 6 Reasons why you should start looking at the Lower Colorado for your youth group or scout troops next river excursion. EASY TO NAVIGATE – VERY FEW OBSTACLES    The Lower Colorado is a class 1 river.  It is perfect for beginner paddlers.  Its wide banks and subtle bends make it easy for group leaders to keep track of their entire crew. NUMEROUS ACCESS POINTS   There are several access points on the 60 miles of river between Webberville and Smithville.  So you have options when choosing a route.  Bastrop River Co can help you plan anything from a 2-3 hr day trip to a 6 night expedition.  Click here to see some of our most popular trips. CAMPING SITES ARE EASY TO FIND …

How to Plan a Youth Group River Trip

Canoeing & kayaking river trips and river camping trips can be overwhelming to plan. WE ARE HERE TO HELP… from beginning to end. Here are tips to get you started: 1. At YOUR NEXT MEETING get the conversation started Does the group want to do a day trip or camping trip? Are there any merit badges or specific skills they want to work on? 2. Contact us ASAP to SET A DATE. (we suggest initial contact about 3 months out) Give us a call or complete the online Request Form 3. START YOUR LIST of interested participants and make sure parents are aware of the date so they can commit. If individual participants are responsible for paying their own way, make sure they are aware of the deposit policy before signing up. Click here for Deposit Policy Upon initial…

Celebrating 5 Years on the Colorado River

This March will mark 5 years since I began running kayaks and canoes on the Lower Colorado River.  What I thought would be a hobby quickly turned into a passionate committment to pioneering new opportunities for recreation on this beautiful stretch of river. The River Co is driven by a mission to provide a “safe, fun, convenient, well operated river recreation experience.”  Sharing the experience of the river is what we do.  And we have a great time doing it. Over the past 5 years I have been lucky enough to work with some really great people pursuing our mission and entertaining our guests.  I’ve always said, “the best part of this job is the people.” Some of the best friendships I’ve been blessed with are people that I have worked with on the river.  Everyday is an adventure at…

The Texas Winter 100

The Texas Winter 100, or TWO for short, is a one hundred kilometer canoe race on the Lower Colorado River that takes place annually in late January.  (www.texaswinter100k.com)  The race starts in Austin on Lady Bird Lake underneath the I-35 bridge and ends in Bastrop at Fisherman’s Park.  There are 2 classes of racers; Adventure Class and Competitive Class. The TWO is one of the first big canoe races in Texas every year and is the first of 2 annual marathon style canoe races on the Lower Colorado River.  On Labor Day weekend, the Colorado River 100, or CR100 for short, picks up in Bastrop where the TWO ends and goes all the way to Columbus….. 100 miles down river. 2017 marks the third year I have participated in the TWO.  In 2015 I competed in the Stand Up Paddleboard race that…