San Marcos River

Day Trips

The San Marcos is a marvelous little river that flows cool and clear year-round. Loved by canoe racers, ecologists, scuba divers and college students, it is one of the most biodiverse rivers in the State. Shaded by a canopy of cypress and pecan trees, we can't think of a better place to be on a hot summer day

We offer a variety of Day Trips on the San Marcos.    

MULTI-DAY TRIPS

Multi-day river trips are our specialty. We can’t think of anything more enjoyable than traveling downstream in a boat, pulling over to camp on the side of the river, and waking up to do it all over again...

We offer a variety of multi-day trips on the Llano and Colorado Rivers. These guided, all-inclusive trips typically take place on the weekends, and they entail multiple days of paddling and at least one night camping on the river with our knowledgeable and professional guides. Customers have the option of paddling a kayak on their own or a canoe with a partner.

We maintain a relaxed pace on these trips, and set aside plenty of time to soak up the surroundings. We encourage fishing, swimming, snorkeling, photographing and lounging in the shade...but please keep in mind that we have to work together as a group to cover miles of river each day.   

Because these trips are all-inclusive, we handle all of the logistics, do all of the cooking, and provide all of the gear, including: boats, life jackets, paddles, dry bags, tents, cots and sleeping pads. (Visit our FAQ page for a list of our recommended river essentials, along with answers to other frequently asked questions.)

And because we want to accommodate everyone, from experienced paddlers and explorers to first-timers and families, we offer two different “styles” of multi-day trips:

  • “Basecamp” trips are a little more plush, featuring roomier tents and cots, basic amenities and a more elaborate camp kitchen. We utilize State Parks and private campgrounds. Customers don’t have to help with camp set-up and tear-down, and they don’t have to carry camping gear in their boats. The stretches of river we paddle are generally shorter, more beginner-friendly and closer to civilization.

  • “Expedition” trips feature lighter gear, along with a smaller camp and kitchen. We explore longer, more remote stretches of river, and we utilize natural campsites, stopping at islands and gravel bars along the way. Customers are expected to help with setting up camp and tearing down, and we split up the camping gear between boats — with guides carrying the majority of the gear. These trips can easily be extended to 3 or 4 days. Contact us for more information, as prices vary depending on the location and duration of the trip.   

Llano River

Multi-Day Trips

The Llano is a wild and awe-inspiring river. Its deep, aquamarine pools and rock-strewn rapids are surrounded by sprawling ranch land and stunning scenery. It also boasts some of the best fishing opportunities in the Hill Country.

We offer Weekend Basecamp Trips on the South Llano, along with 2-4 day Expedition Trips on the Main Llano.  

Colorado River

Multi-Day Trips

Day Trips

The Lower Colorado is a mellow river with consistent flows provided by Longhorn Dam. Teeming with fish, birds and other wildlife, the lush river corridor is close to Austin... but feels like a whole 'nother world.

      

We offer day trips closer to Austin, as well as 2-4 day Expedition Trips between Austin and LaGrange.

San Marcos River

Day Trips

The San Marcos is a marvelous little river that flows cool and clear year-round. It is one of the most beloved and biodiverse rivers in the state.

Shaded by a canopy of cypress and pecan trees, we can't think of a better place to be on a hot summer day.

We offer a variety of Day Trips on the San Marcos.    

MULTI-DAY TRIPS

We specialize in multi-day river trips, and we offer a variety of trip options on the Llano and Colorado Rivers. These guided, all-inclusive trips involve multiple days of paddling and at least one night camping on the river with our knowledgeable and professional guides. Customers have the option of paddling a kayak on their own or a canoe with a partner.

We maintain a relaxed pace on these trips, and set aside plenty of time to eat, relax and soak up the surroundings. We encourage fishing, swimming, photographing and lounging in the shade...but please keep in mind that we have to work together as a group to cover miles of river each day.   

These trips are all-inclusive, so we handle all of the logistics, do all of the cooking, and provide all of the gear, including: boats, life jackets, paddles, dry bags, tents, cots and sleeping pads. (Visit our FAQ page for our list of recommended river essentials, along with answers to other frequently asked questions.)

And because we want to make these trips accessible, we offer two different “styles” of multi-day trips:

  • “Basecamp” trips are a little more plush, with bathrooms and other basic amenities, along with a more elaborate camp kitchen. We camp at State Parks and/or private campgrounds. Customers don’t have to help with camp set-up and tear-down, and they don’t have to carry camping gear in their boats. The stretches of river we paddle are generally shorter, more beginner-friendly and closer to civilization.

  • “Expedition” trips feature lighter gear, along with a smaller camp and kitchen. We explore longer, more remote stretches of river, and we utilize natural campsites, stopping at islands and gravel bars along the way. Customers are expected to help with setting up camp and tearing down, and we split up the camping gear between boats — with guides carrying the majority of the gear. These trips can easily be extended to 3 or 4 days. Contact us for more information, as prices vary depending on the location and duration of the trip.   

  • Multi-day trips are scheduled on a recurring basis. Check out our trip calendar to see our current schedule.

  • Reservations are required for all trips, and should be made at least 5 days prior to the start of any trip. (Reservations made within this 5-day period will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.)   

  • Reservations can be made over the phone, or by filling out the form on our Contact page.  

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Weekend Basecamp on the South Llano

2-Day Expedition on the Main Llano

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2-Day Expedition on the Lower Colorado

DAY TRIPS

We offer guided day trips on the San Marcos River between City Park and Staples Dam. We also offer guided day trips on the Lower Colorado River near Austin. Customers have the option of paddling a kayak on their own or a canoe with a partner. These trips typically take about 5-7 hours. 

We provide lunch on these trips, along with all of the necessary gear, including: boats, paddles, life jackets, dry bags and plenty of water.

  • Day trips are scheduled on a recurring basis. Check out our trip calendar to see our current schedule.

  • Reservations are required for all trips, and should be made at least 5 days prior to the start of any trip. (Reservations made within this 5-day period will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.) 

  • Reservations can be made over the phone, or by filling out the form on our Contact page.  

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Day Trip on the San Marcos

$75/person

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Day Trip on the Lower Colorado

$75/person

LESSONS

We offer group paddling lessons for first-time paddlers, as well as those looking to improve their skills and paddle more efficiently. We offer both a canoe-specific course and a kayak-specific course. While these courses focus on two different disciplines, students in both courses will learn about:

  • Different types of boats, along with recommended gear and river essentials

  • How to recreate safely on lakes and rivers

  • Basic paddling strokes and boat control

  • How to recover from capsizes, basic self-rescue

Group lessons are approximately 2-3 hours long. These lessons are led by a certified ACA instructor, and we limit the class size to 6 people to ensure quality instruction.*

*We also offer private canoeing and kayaking lessons for those that prefer a one-on-one teaching style. Private lessons are charged hourly, and start at $75/person per hour (for kayaking) or $125/pair per hour (for canoeing).   

  • Lessons are scheduled by reservation only. Reservations can be made over the phone, or by filling out the form on our Contact page.  

Group Lesson: Intro to Kayaking

$60/person

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Group Lesson: Intro to Canoeing

$60/person