McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Outdoor Programs

River Trips



Take a guided trip down the Colorado River


Adventures on the Water

Two miles of riverfront along the Colorado River provide ideal canoeing, kayaking and rafting experiences at McKinney Roughs. Guided river trips are scheduled from March through October and may also be arranged for groups by request.

All trips are led by professional guides and can be enjoyed by experts and novices alike with an interest in birding, boating and nature. Equipment and transportation to and from the river is provided.

River Trips Offered by McKinney Roughs

  • Kids on the Colorado
    Youth learn boater safety and stewardship of the Colorado River while experiencing the excitement of a raft trip and discovering the river’s flora and fauna.  Each raft is captained by a trained guide.
    Youths ages 7 – 18.

  • Raft or Kayak the Colorado
    Enjoy a serene and refreshing river trip on the Colorado River in a raft or kayak led by experienced guides. The route takes you through the calm water, scenic views and abundant wildlife of Bastrop County. Rafting for adults and youths ages 7 and up. Kayaking for adults and children ages 10 and up. Children ages 10-13 must be in tandem kayak with an adult.

  • Sunset Float Trip
    Wind down your day with a sunset float down the Colorado River, where you'll be surrounded by wildlife and vibrant vegetation along the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado and the cool comfort of the evening air as your raft is gently guided down a stretch of tranquil river. Adults and youths ages 7 and up can participate and must be able to swim. Preregistration is required. This program has replaced the Light of the Moon trip due to lower water levels caused by the drought.


River Trips
Includes equipment and transportation to and from the river​
(scheduled by request)
​Number of Participants              
​River programs for youths ages 8 – 18
​Minimum: 30​
​Colleges and universities
Nonprofit organizations
​Minimum: 20
​Corporate and professional organizations
Public events
​Minimum: 10

Community programs offered monthly for individuals and families. Click here​ for information or to register.

Ask about scheduling a program: email outdoorprograms@lcra.org or call 512-303-5073 or 1-800-776-5272.

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