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My good friend Steve O. (who also happens to be ACK’s Hobie Kayak sales rep) and I decided to take a few days and camp on the Colorado River. We picked a 60-mile stretch that started in Bastrop, Texas and ended in La Grange, Texas. Camping on the banks is prohibited because almost all of the riverfront land is private property, but camping on any island is fair game. Along this stretch there were many opportunities to camp, ranging from really tiny islands to some rather large ones. We used Google Maps satellite view to scope out the possibilities and marked up a map to guide us along the way.
Enjoy my photo blog documenting our kayak camping trip:
We had an awesome, relaxing trip. While the kayaks we used, Hobie Pro Angler 14s, weren’t really designed for camping, their high carrying capacity allowed for plenty of gear. As you can see, we filled them up pretty good! We also ate really well on the trip, thanks to a large Igloo cooler plus a Yeti Hopper. Careful cooler management meant we still had cubed ice on night three of the trip. The PA’s with their Mirage Drives also meant the 16 or so miles we covered the first three days went by easily, as the current was flowing around 3 mph and pedaling the drives added another 2-3 mph, so we averaged around 5 mph each day.
For anyone interested in kayak camping, do some research, get prepared and go! You’ll get hooked.