McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Recreational Programs

Fall and winter recreation programs

Learning is an adventure at McKinney Roughs

All programs take place at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count

Birding enthusiasts are invited to the Sixth Annual Lost Pines Christmas Bird Count at McKinney Roughs Nature Park, co-hosted by LCRA Parks, Bastrop County Audubon Society and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lost Pines Master Naturalists. In bird counts, volunteers identify as many species as they can to assess the health of bird populations. More than 630 species of birds have been seen across Texas, and about 250 of those species make their home in the Lost Pines region. Advanced registration is encouraged for all volunteers.

  • Saturday, Dec. 17
  • 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • Volunteers welcomed.


Sunset River Float Trip

Unwind with a sunset raft float down the Colorado River, where you will be surrounded by wildlife and vibrant vegetation along the river corridor. Participants must be able to swim. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, Nov. 12
  • 4-6 p.m.
  • Ages 7 and older.
  • $30 per person.


Outdoor Adventure Day

Travel down the Colorado River, navigate through the woods and climb to great heights just like the first explorers of Texas. Team up on a raft trip, enjoy the thrill of a zip line and get vertical on the rock-climbing wall. Participants should bring a packed lunch and refillable water bottle. Advanced registration is required.

  • Saturday, Dec. 10
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Ages 7 and older.
  • $50 per person.


Recreation Program Registration Policy

Registration is required unless stated otherwise. To register, click on the registration link in the upper right corner of this page and follow the instructions. For programs with a fee, be prepared to pay online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) to complete your registration.

McKinney Roughs reserves the right to cancel programs due to weather or because the minimum number of participants has not been met. Registered participants will be notified of cancellations by email or phone and rescheduled to another date or program. If that is not possible, a full refund will be given for any program fees paid.

Participants who cancel their reservations at least 24 hours from the program start time will receive a full refund. Participants cancelling within 24 hours of the program start time will not receive a refund of fees paid. Cancellations must be made by email to outdoorprograms@lcra.org and include participant name(s) and programs(s) to be canceled. A confirmation email will be sent when the refund is processed.

Call 512–303–5073 or email outdoorprograms@lcra.org for more information.

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Features & Events

​Educational/Recreational Outdoor Programs
Challenge Course
Natural Science Programs
River Trips
Summer Nature Camp
Special Features
​Recreational Programs
Hiker's Trail Guide
Plants and Wildlife
Riding Your Horse
Hiking & Walking Trails​
Horseback Riding
Outdoor Education & Recreation Programs​
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