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Old 10-07-2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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Headed to Austin TX w/ kayaks

Best place 2 stay? Best place 2 kayack?
Thinking - McKinney Falls State Park and downtown 4 kayaking ...... What u think? Are the Bats out this time of year?
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Old 10-07-2011, 04:18 PM   #2
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sounds great

McKinney Falls is about as good as it gets..close in to austin

also out on lake travis is Pace Bend a county park right on the lake...and close to willie nelsons hangouts
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:22 PM   #3
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Not Much Water in Some Places

As a result of the drought, the lakes and rivers in the Austin area have been severely impacted. You may want to call McKinney Falls State Park to see what the situation is right now ... but the last I heard is that there was not any water in many places that tradionally are known for water fun in that state park. Following is the link to the park:

TPWD: McKinney Falls State Park

However, downtown Austin is still great for Kayaking on Lady Bird Lake. McKinney Falls is a short drive to downtown so it is still a nice place to camp ... you just may have to drive to downtown from the park to get to water to use the kayaks.

As far as Lake Travis is concerned, I think I recall seeing on the news several weeks ago that the water is now so low that all boat ramps are now closed ... so not sure how easy access is to the water in the lake.
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Thank guys, ready for some kayaking downtown...
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:26 AM   #5
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Recently kayaked the San Marcos river. A spring feed river just south of Austin in the town of San Marcos. Started at the campus of Texas State then ran Seven miles. The water is very clear for the first half of the trip. Good current most of the way and only two short portages. The last obstacle is relatively high dam that requires some physical ability and teamwork. Shuttle service by TG Canoe! Lake Austin ( a constant level lake like Lady Bird) just below Mansfield Dam is one of my favorites too! Rain here in Austin today for the first time in what seems like ages! Enjoy your visit!
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Old 10-09-2011, 09:39 AM   #6
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Yes I watched the morning news and saw the Hill Country getting much need rain, I bet every one in Austin is partying, rejoicing this Sunday or maybe still doing the rain dance. This will be good for my allergies 4 sure. We purchased our Airstream at camper clinic II in Buna near San Marcos, a beautiful area. Will look into that area today. Thanks. Mark
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If you are interested in staying in the city, you should check into Pecan Grove RV Park. You'd be about a 3 minute drive from launching your kayaks into Lady Bird Lake.

http://www.maliasmiles.com/texas/austin/PecanGrove.htm

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Re: the bats

I saw one drinking out of my pool a couple of weeks ago but they may have started their migration already. I'd say it's worth spending sunset on your kayak near the Congress Street Bridge on the chance that they're still in town. When you're at the bridge, you'll hear them if they're there, especially if it's close to feeding time. P

They are pretty amazing to watch.

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We had a great time staying at Palmetto State park last year. If you can arrange a shuttle this is a great float.

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I would definatly want to check the levels. We need rain.

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Colorado river RV park is right on the river where County road 969 crosses, 25 miles from downtown Austin. For a short tri w/no shuttle, float about 2 miles downstream-- no people, houses, etc. Especially sweet this time of year. The float to town of Bastrop is 12 miles and scenery is spectacular. Shuttle service can be had in bastrop to bring you back.
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