Llano River - 3. Scotts Crossing to Robinson Park Lake (above Llano) (8 miles)


Llano River, Texas, US

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3. Scotts Crossing to Robinson Park Lake (above Llano) (8 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II+(III) (for normal flows)
Length 8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm
Max Gradient 30 fpm

Big Kahuna on Llano River 230 cfs


Big Kahuna on Llano River 230 cfs
Photo taken 08/20/16 @ 230 cfs

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Llano Rv at Llano, TX
usgs-08151500 120 - 50000 cfs I-II+(III) 00h41m 7950 cfs (running)


River Description

This 8 mile stretch of the Llano River is arguably the most diverse kayak run of the 100+ mile Llano River system. It has the steepest descent along with a wide basin and provides multiple lines, technical segments, and various feature options.

It is generally a low flow shallow rocky river made of granite and some sandy deeper flatwater sections. It's easy to bottom out with a deeper draft boat and navigating the correct channel or stream is paramount to preventing a portage.

This recorded kayaking activity on Stava (https://www.strava.com/activities/683009214) is a generally good navigation path at 230 cfs unless you want to avoid the uncomfortably overgrown "Spider Branch Alley" segment and miss Finley Dam. In that case it's best to keep staying left after the "Stay Left Before Splits" segment to make the northern most braid.

Without the aid of real-time map navigation or a guide, you're most enjoyable kayaking strategy at lower flows is to generally stay left and read the water. A more specific strategy is "If you see rocks stay left. If you see sand stay right."

But with higher flows from rainfall, previously inaccessible segments open up, while other areas conceal more underwater rock hazards. This makes navigation challenging but is all part of the fun in choosing your own adventure!


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2016-09-13 20:02:04

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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
2.5Finley DamII+
4.8Big KahunaIII

Rapid Descriptions

Finley Dam (Class II+, Mile 2.5)

If you make it to this river segment, Finley Dam is the second biggest feature on the route. It's a century old mill that has slowly eroded. Best to shoot the middle but you may scrape bottom at lower flows. Class 2 - 2+



Big Kahuna (Class III, Mile 4.8)

Big Kahuna is the biggest rapid on the route. Somewhere between a Class 2 and 3 at flows 150-350 cfs.




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