Barton creek not only offers a challenging canoe trip, for Austinites, it’s right in our backyard.
There are three sections of the creek that are easily run.
- 71 to Lost Creek – This is a longer stretch – By GPS was 14+ miles - Steady, fun, smaller rapids the entire trip. No big surprises. We put in around 10am and finish at 7pm with an hour lunch. 71 offers a bit more parking after recent construction just off the highway were it intersects the creek. Park on the side of the street at Lost Creek – if the creek is flowing, you’ll probably see other cars already parked there.
- Lost Creek to 360 Bridge – This section goes by pretty quick with big challenges for a canoe depending on water levels. We are conservative and stop running the falls for anything above 700cfs. Depending on water levels, the falls should not be run unless you are an expert. Takes 3-4 hours including portages area. Plenty of parking in the business complex lot at the 360 access point – longer walk to the water with your boat.
- 360 Bridge to Barton Springs – Triple Falls and Cambell’s hole should be run only by canoeing experts at high levels. Lots of twists, turns and boulders along this stretch.
Barton Creek – Route 2 & 1 – Waypoints, Descriptions and Pictures to Campbell’s Hole