Lake Bastrop - Paddling

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Summary

Pine forests surround this lake, making the landscape a beautiful anomaly in Central Texas.

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Taylor Reilly

Distance

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Destination Distance From Downtown

30.4 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

0 hours

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Topographical Map

Lake Bastrop Map

Land Website

Lake Bastrop

Review

Intro

Lake Bastrop is perfect for all types of boating and kayaking, and SUP-ing is now becoming a popular activity on this flatwater lake as well. This 900-acre lake in the Lost Pines offers plenty of room for families and/or groups of friends to spend a day on the water, paddling or fishing.

What Makes It Great

 Sailing, skiing and other water activities are also very popular on this lake, and South Shore Park now offers canoe rentals for those who don't have their own boats. Also at South Shore Park are campsites and cabins available for any size group, and Osprey Point Hall is the perfect place to hold an event or have a family reunion. There are trails surrounding Lake Bastrop, which are great for experiencing other activities like hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. All of these options make Lake Bastrop a great place to spend an entire weekend, enjoying outdoor recreation in the Lost Pines of Central Texas.

Who is Going to Love It

Paddlers who visit Lake Bastrop are charmed by the pine forest setting; it's a nice change of scenery from the typical rocky, dry Texas landscape. It's a decent sized lake, so you'll have plenty of room to stand up paddleboard, canoe, or kayak. It's also a good multi-use area if you want to mix in hiking, biking, or a nice lakeside picnic. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are two main entrances to Lake Bastrop: North Shore and South Shore. Texas.gov has detailed info on what available at each parking area. The following directions come from the same page:

North Shore Park

  • From Austin take Highway 71 east to Bastrop. Take Highway 95 north and turn right on FM 1441, drive 2.5 miles to the park entrance and turn right.
  • One-lane concrete ramp
  • Entrance fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by Lower Colorado River Authority (512) 498-1922

South Shore Park

  • From Austin take Hwy 71 east to Bastrop and turn left onto Hwy 95. Go approximately half mile, then take a right onto Hwy 21 East. Go 2 miles and turn left onto South Shore Road (CR 352). South Shore is on the right.
  • One-lane concrete ramp
  • Entrance fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by Lower Colorado River Authority (512) 498-1922

Location

Lake Bastrop

375 S Shore Rd
Bastrop, TX, 78602
30.137023, -97.285775

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