McKinney Roughs Nature Park: Recreational Programs

Winter and spring recreation programs


Learning is an adventure at McKinney Roughs

All programs take place at McKinney Roughs Nature Park.

Outdoor Adventure Day

Like the first explorers of Texas, we will travel down the Colorado River, navigate through the woods and climb to great heights. Meet at McKinney Roughs for a day of excitement and adventure with a focus on land stewardship. We will get vertical on the rock-climbing wall, enjoy the thrill of a zip line, and work as a team on a raft trip down the Colorado River. Bring a bag lunch and refillable water bottle. Preregistration is required.

  • Saturday, Feb. 20.
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Adults and children ages 7 and up.
  • $50 per person.


Intro to Canoeing

Learn to canoe, and enjoy a serene and refreshing morning on Lake Bastrop at South Shore Park. Traveling along the quiet cove of the lake gives you ample time to enjoy the scenic views and waterfowl of this Central Texas ecosystem while also learning to canoe. At this promotional price ($10 off the regular price of $40), this trip is a great opportunity for people interested in trying a new sport. Preregistration is required.

  • Sunday, March 6.
  • 9 a.m.-noon.
  • Adults and children ages 14 and up; children ages 10-13 may participate with an adult sharing a canoe.
  • $30 per person.


Home School River Day

Home-schoolers will begin their day rafting on the Colorado River and learning its history and ecology of the riparian system. After the raft trip, participants will touch live aquatic animals and learn the importance of adaptations to the success of the species. Children should dress to get wet and bring a sack lunch, bottle of water and sunscreen. This is a drop-off program, but parents may stay at the park and observe programs if they choose. To allow room for more children, we cannot accommodate parents on the raft trip. The program will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. Preregistration is required.

  • Monday, March 21.
  • 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Children ages 7-13.
  • $35 per person.


Stargazing at the Roughs

Do not miss this opportunity for the whole family to explore the galaxy together as our astronomer takes you on a tour of the Milky Way that is truly out of this world! Behold the wonder of the cosmos through our Dobsonian telescopes and venture beyond the boundaries of our planet. Learn about the legends of the constellations and marvel at the beauty and mystery of the universe in this spectacular free program for the whole family. Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments (recommended). The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Please call 512-303-5073 to find out the program's status before 5 p.m. the day of the event, or check the McKinney Roughs Nature Park webpage. No registration is required.

  • Friday, April 15.
  • 9-10:30 p.m.
  • All ages.
  • Free.


High Ropes Challenge

A world of high adventure and personal achievement are your reward on the McKinney Roughs Challenge Course. Participants will rely on group support and individual determination to reach beyond their comfort zones and reach new heights. High ropes elements such as the Catwalk, Rock Climbing Wall, Multi Vine and Zip line are some of the thrills offered. No prior experience necessary. Preregistration is required.

  • Saturday, April 16.
  • Noon-2 p.m.
  • Adults and children ages 7 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • $35 per person.


Sunset River Float Trip

Wind down your day with a sunset float down the Colorado River, where you will be surrounded by wildlife and vibrant vegetation along the river corridor. Take in the beauty of the sun setting on the Colorado River 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.

  • Friday, May 13.
  • 6-8 p.m.
  • Adults and children ages 7 and up.
  • $30 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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