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Brazos River in Texas

Trip Overview

The first day of the trip we encountered some good fishing, rain, very strong headwinds.(the fishing made up for the rain). The scenery was great. We had a hard time finding a place to camp that wasn't on rocks, so it made for a hard time to sleep at night.

The second day is where it got tough; the river was very low and we started to drag our boats for very long sections. With high temperatures it was very grueling and a lot of work. It seemed like we dragged our boats 4 miles or so over the whole trip. We also had leeches every time we got in the water for any length of time.

The second night we found a sand bar and it made a nice camping area. We were awoke by a air boat spotlighting our camp at 2:00am, don't know what that was all about...

The third day was the best water. It was a little deeper and we didn't have to drag the boats but a few times the whole day. We caught some decent fish in that section too. There were a lot of snakes on tree limbs in the water, they were not a threat to us at all. We saw a lot of birds.

As we approached Waco, the river turned into more of a lake than a river, and there were boats everywhere. The last 5 miles of the river was the hardest part due to all the wind and ski boats constantly going by and around us.

The hard work and shallow stagnant water made a very tough and uncomfortable trip. I will never do this section again unless water is flowing 3000cfs or more. I would not recommend doing this river unless you want to work hard.

Outfitting:

kayaks

Fees:

no

Directions:

Hwy 22 to River park Drive and that takes you to the water.


The take-out is in Cameron Park in Waco.

Resources:

I used a Garmin hand-held gps. It was handy for tracking our progress.

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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