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6 Reasons to go Canoe Camping with your Scouts or Youth Groups

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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. CAMPING SITES ARE EASY TO FIND   There are several islands and large sandbars to accommodate both large a small groups.  Scouts Island is a popular camp site on the Wilbarger Paddling Trail, a 14 mile stretch from the Utley Bridge on FM 969 to Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop (our most popular overnight trip for beginner groups). 
  4. CELL PHONE SERVICE   While out on the river you can expect to have cell phone service the whole way.  This is helpful in that it allows you to use your phones gps to track your progress and in the event you need assistance while on the river help is only a phone call away.
  5. EASY TO MONITOR RIVER CONDITIONS   The LCRAs Hydromet website is a useful tool in the days leading up to your trip and even while you are on the water.  River conditions do not typically change rapidly on this wide easy moving water way, but it is always a good thing when you can know whats going on up stream.  Here is a guide to understanding CFS on the Lower Colorado.
  6. BASTROP RIVER CO IS HERE TO HELP   Located right on the river in down town Bastrop, Bastrop River Co is here to help you plan an impressive, memorable river experience for your group.  Check out our blog post on how to get started here.