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 camped at mile 16, 32 and 51, making this a 3 night, 4 day paddle.
We camped at mile 16, 32 and 51, making this a 3 night, 4 day paddle.

 

Getting ready to launch at Fisherman's Park in Bastrop (Fisherman's Park, 1200 Willow St, Bastrop, TX 78602)
Getting ready to launch at Fisherman’s Park in Bastrop (Fisherman’s Park, 1200 Willow St, Bastrop, TX 78602)

 

Steve O. posing with the beautiful sunset on day 1 of the trip
Day 1- Steve O. posing with the beautiful sunset.

 

Another shot of the awesome sunset night one.
Day 1 – Another shot of the awesome sunset.

 

Camp night 1 - A nice grassy island that is usually much larger but the water was about 3.5' feet higher than usual which split the island into two.
Day 1 – Our camp was a nice grassy island that is usually much larger, but the water was about 3.5 feet higher than usual which split the island into two.

 

Dinner night 1 was a whole chicken roasted in a pot over a campfire with salt., pepper and a little beer to keep it moist!
Day 1 – Dinner was a whole chicken roasted in a pot over a campfire with salt, pepper and a little beer to keep it moist!

 

Yep, another sunset - they never get old.
Yep, another sunset – they never get old.

 

Enjoying the scenery as we approached some higher, caved out banks of the river.
Day 2 – Enjoying the scenery as we approached some higher, carved out banks of the river.

 

Relaxing on the awesome sandy beach by the fire night 2, getting ready to cook some rib eye steaks and baked potatoes.
Day 2 – Me, relaxing on the awesome sandy beach by the fire, getting ready to cook some rib eye steaks and baked potatoes.

 

Hitting the water day 3.
Day 3 – Hitting the water, enjoying the beautiful weather. We were lucky enough to see nights in the 40s and daytime temps in the mid-70s all week.

 

Nice shot of the railroad bridge around mile 30 north of West Point, TX.
Day 3 – Nice shot of the railroad bridge around mile 38, north of West Point, Texas.

 

Day 3 - Dinner on another perfect sandy beach including tamales, portobello mushrooms and refried beans
Day 3 – Dinner on another perfect sandy beach including tamales, portobello mushrooms and refried beans.

 

Day 3 - Keeping warm and relaxing by the fire
Day 3 – Keeping warm and relaxing by the fire.

 

Day 4 - Steve O. relishing the awesome beach before heading out for the final leg of our jouney
Day 4 – Steve O. relishing the awesome beach before heading out for the final 9-mile leg of our journey.

 

Day 4 - Sunrise shining through the layer of fog sitting on the river
Day 4 – Sunrise shining through the layer of fog sitting on the river.

 

Day 4 - Last shot of our favorite camp site before finishing up the last few miles of the trip
Day 4 – Last shot of our favorite camp site before finishing up the last few miles of the 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.