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Old 05-08-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Hey, guys,
We are gonna visit some family in Austin this weedend, and we would bring our kayaks to play; so which lake or river would you recommend this time of the year?
Thanx a lot.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:00 PM
 
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Hey, guys,
We are gonna visit some family in Austin this weedend, and we would bring our kayaks to play; so which lake or river would you recommend this time of the year?
Thanx a lot.
ladybird lake, lake travis, lake austin are all fine.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This is just to paddle around right, not any rapids or anything?

If so, definitely Ladybird Lake. You can put in at a number of public launch areas like this one: Rowing Dock - Austin, TX (they rent boats, but there is a public launch and parking). Motorized boats are not allowed on Ladybird Lake, so there aren't jet skis and speedboats creating nasty wakes like on Lake Austin or Travis. But Travis is big, so there are probably some kayak areas I don't know about there...

If you want more of a river experience, go south a bit to some of the rivers in San Marcos or New Braunfels.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:42 PM
 
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+1 on Town... er "Lady Bird" Lake. Tons of other kayakers and SUP'ers, some cool spots to paddle by and no powerboats you have to worry about running you down.

Just remember to paddle out into the wind!
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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We may get enough rain in the next two days that places that weren't so good could be better and some that were good might not be. Keep an eye on the sky!

5 Day Weather Forecast for 78717 - weather.com
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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Do Lady Bird Lake and paddle up the little small river caused by Barton Springs Pool draining. Paddle right up to Barton Springs, then turn around and head back out. It's awesome.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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They have a kayak 'park' down in San Marcos on the river, and there is actually good paddling (although mostly unexciting) all the way down to the coast .

Texas Water Safari starts on June 8th....
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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TPWD paddling trail in Luling is not too far of a drive and is very nice.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:07 AM
 
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Thanks, guys. My other question is are there alligators in these waters?
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Possibly, but not likely. They like the warmer waters further downstream, generally. And if you do see any, they will be small and they are generally inoffensive (alligators are much more mildly disposed compared to crocodiles). If you make it down to the Guadalupe River, you start to see a lot of them toward the coast - like, dozens at a time. Paddling through them at night is an interesting experience .

The water moccasins are somewhat common downstream of San Marcos and are possibly present on the lakes (although I have not seen them myself on any of the lakes other than Travis).
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