A wonderful place to spend some quality time with family and friends on the mighty Colorado.
Our rental area covers a scenic 6.1 mile section of the Colorado River that begins and ends in historic Columbus. You will begin at Howell Canoe Livery and end at Beason's Park. This is a great day trip that includes two islands, two sets of light rapids, and a creek that flows into the river halfway through the trip. Extended trips from 10 to 100 miles are available with advance notice. Contact us for more information regarding these trips.
All participants are required to listen to a pre-launch briefing. Afterwards, any participation in the water sports activity will be contingent upon completion of a Participant Agreement.
Since we promote family fun, we have adopted a "NO ALCOHOL" policy on the river. If we determine that you are under the influence and/or are taking alcohol on the trip, we will not rent equipment to you.
The Colorado River, which is approximately 600 river miles long, is
considered one of the great rivers of Texas. One of the first
settlements along the river was Columbus, established in 1823. As
would be expected, there is a rich history within this town and the
river that surrounds it. As you travel along this section of the
river, you will pass the old low water bridge and the remains of "The
Wall". While doing so, try to visualize the many ferry crossings and
the paddle wheelers that were once commonplace. In the mid 1800's
there was a castle (Robson's Castle) built along the banks of the
river, complete with moat and running water. Allow yourself extra time
to explore Cummins Creek as you paddle under the trees in this peaceful
body of water. At the end of your trip, you will be able to relax and
picnic under the magnificent live oaks at Beason's Park.
WILDLIFE ALONG THE RIVER
Numerous species of bird life abounds along the river. The most
visible are the kingfishers, herons, and egrets. There are also
several pairs of American bald eagles that frequent the area.
Though mainly nocturnal, there is a healthy population of beavers that
inhabit this section of water. Other wildlife that live along the
river are raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, fox, nutria, snakes,
turtles, and deer.
For the light tackle/fly fisherman, test your skills on the Guadalupe
bass that inhabit the river. The best time to catch these is when the
water is clear. Catfish (channel, blue, and flat head) are more
readily caught in the spring and fall. The best time for catfish is
when the water is muddy. During the summer, it is not uncommon to see
alligator gar coming to the surface near "The Wall", some of which
exceed 100 pounds.