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#12696067 - 03/30/18 10:48 AM Llano River
DaleW Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/28/18
Posts: 3
Loc: Abilene Tx
Anyone ever kayaked/canoed the llano from FM 1871 to hwy 87 between Mason and Fredericksburg?

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#12702509 - 04/04/18 08:23 AM Re: Llano River [Re: DaleW]
MJFort Offline
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Registered: 03/10/16
Posts: 17
Loc: San Antonio TX
I have not. I have done the State Park to Junction several times and it is good.

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#12703622 - 04/04/18 08:58 PM Re: Llano River [Re: DaleW]
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Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/05/13
Posts: 1011
Loc: Bedrock.
MJFort - approx miles State Park to Junction?
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#12703989 - 04/05/18 08:25 AM Re: Llano River [Re: DaleW]
DaleW Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/28/18
Posts: 3
Loc: Abilene Tx
Were also looking at doing hwy 87 to Castell. Anybody done that?

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#12704344 - 04/05/18 11:48 AM Re: Llano River [Re: DaleW]
Neumie Offline
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Registered: 07/25/06
Posts: 3158
Loc: SA, Hallettsville, or Rockport
The first mile or so from White's Crossing (FM 1871) is difficult or impossible to paddle under normal flows given the flutes; easy to see on Google Earth. So, there's not a lot of people who paddle that stretch.

I've done the South Llano from 2nd Crossing to Junction and the Llano from Junction to Yates Crossing. Junction/Yates is a great 3 day/two night float and 2nd Crossing/Junction is a great 2day/1night float when fishing. Yates Crossing (RR 385) to White's Crossing isn't a viable option either on normal floats due to the many miles of flutes which would require dragging, especially the last few miles. US 87 to Castell Crossing is a solid one day fishing float.
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#12704346 - 04/05/18 11:52 AM Re: Llano River [Re: DaleW]
Neumie Offline
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Registered: 07/25/06
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Loc: SA, Hallettsville, or Rockport
You can also put in at James River Crossing and float to Castell for a longer float trip.
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#12707050 - 04/07/18 12:01 PM Re: Llano River [Re: Scoundrel]
MJFort Offline
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Registered: 03/10/16
Posts: 17
Loc: San Antonio TX
5 miles South Llano State Park to Junction TX.

http://www.junctiontexas.net/pdf/River%20Map.pdf

over view map.


Edited by MJFort (04/07/18 12:04 PM)

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#12719428 - 04/16/18 09:15 PM Re: Llano River [Re: MJFort]
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Registered: 01/05/13
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Loc: Bedrock.
Originally Posted By: MJFort
5 miles South Llano State Park to Junction TX.

http://www.junctiontexas.net/pdf/River%20Map.pdf

over view map.

thanks cool
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#12720576 - 04/17/18 05:08 PM Re: Llano River [Re: DaleW]
roadtrip Offline
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Registered: 04/26/02
Posts: 11758
Loc: Terrell/Dallas
Ive done it a couple times, last time in 2015. Like the earlier post said, shallow and rocky the first quarter to half mile, under normal flows you'll probably have to walk it. The currents real fast though so its kinda like holding on to the side of it and running/stumbling/falling. The the last mile or so before 87 is a massive rock garden, you'll be doing a lot of dragging through here, pack light. It gets better between 87 and Castell.
Someone mentioned above about the stretch from Junction to Yates. That's the best stretch I think, with the least dragging. Nice scenery and a lot of fun little rapids. Hope you have a great trip
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#12727560 - 04/23/18 02:45 PM Re: Llano River [Re: DaleW]
joemac224 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 183
I had a buddy that did the exact stretch you are talking about two weekends ago... He said the fishing was okay, but the dragging was horrible. He said they dragged as much if not more than they paddled. He said he wouldn't go back until the area upstream got some rain. Good luck!

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