Rio Frio Whitewater Paddling

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A classic Texas Hill Country river that should not be missed.

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Taylor Reilly


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Destination Distance From Downtown

129.9 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

Half to Full Day


All Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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Rio Frio Info



The Rio Frio, or Frio River, is a proper Texas Hill Country river and has a long history of river life. This river's crystal clear water takes paddlers through cypress and maple forests, past white rock beaches and swimming holes, and under limestone cliffs lined with rope swings.

What Makes It Great

This stream is small, shallow, and narrow, and is best done in a kayak, but a lot of people simply float it in a tube during the summer. There are several put-in and takeout spots along the river, so you can make your trip as short or long as you want.  The Frio is a great river for bass and trout fishing as well, and along the banks there are plenty of private campgrounds, cabins, and RV parks, which give paddlers many options for places to stay. 

Who is Going to Love It

Garner State Park is also nearby and offers even more camping opportunities, as well as steep hiking trails and a nice taste of what many consider to be a classic Texas summer destination.  The Rio Frio is a beautiful Texas Hill Country river where generations of families and friends have made lifelong memories and relationships while playing in it's crystal clear water. You too could become part of this Texas experience!

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

There are several well known put in / take out points (courtesy of

County Road crossing near Kent at 0.0 miles; US Highway 83 bridge at 10.0 miles; Bridge on FM 337 east of Leakey at 12.0 miles; Bridge off FM 1120 southeast of Leakey at 14.0 miles; FM 1120 crossing west of Rio Frio at 18.0 miles; Bridge off FM 1050 at 20.0 miles; Garner State Park on river left at 21.5 miles; Magers Crossing at 23.0 miles; Third River Road Crossing on County Road 348 at 26.5 miles; Second River Road Crossing at 28.5 miles; Neal's Lodge Campground on river right just above the Highway 127 crossing southeast of Concan at 31.0 miles.


Rio Frio

Concan, TX, 78838
29.495254, -99.711667

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