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Difficulty II
Length 0.1 Miles
Gauge Colorado Rv at Austin, TX
Flow Range 1700 - 3400 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 27 minutes ago 335 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 07/14/2015 5:33 pm

River Description

Lake Austin is a constant-level lake, so when the LCRA releases thousands of cfs from Mansfield Dam/Lake Travis, this water is passed through Tom Miller Dam (Lake Austin.)  When this happens, a wave field opens up between the dam and the Redbud Trail bridge, providing kayakers with an opportunity to practice some whitewater moves on a wide river.  Dam releases typically occur during the warmer months (to support downstream agriculture) or after periods of heavy upstream rainfall.  Refer to the LCRA Daily River Report for release information.

Park at the Red Bud Isle Dog Park and put in across the road at the historical marker (Red Bud Isle was formed when one of Austin's first dams collapsed during a major flood in 1900.)  Parking at Red Bud Isle may be tricky in the afternoon or on weekends when the weather is nice, as this park is very popular with dog walkers.

Paddle toward the dam, sticking as close to the island as you can, then ferry out into the wave field.

A swim here is typically not dangerous but could be tiring.  However, there are plenty of places to practice flat water moves and for beginners to work on rolls, ferries, eddy turns, and peel-outs.

For more information, see Texas Whitewater.


There is debris just under the surface, including concrete chucks with rebar facing upstream.  For this reason some boaters have stopped paddling at this spot.

Boaters recently removed the same type of debris from Longhorn Dam.  Hopefully some kind souls will do the same for Tom Miller.


Rapid Descriptions


Gage Descriptions

Minimum 1700 cfs release required


Directions Description

This is a PnP (park-and-play), so the 'shuttle directions' are irrelevant.

Use the text entry box to enter your home or other starting address to get drive time/distance and directions to this play spot.

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County to Vote to Extend Closure on Guadalupe Tonight (TX)

Jason Robertson

The Comal County Commissioner's Court is taking measures that will restrict access to the Guadalupe River indefinitely. AW's primary objective on the Guadalupe is to restore access as soon as possible and to make sure that boater access does not impede on-going rescue and recovery efforts.



Matt Muir


Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1204939 07/08/15 DRC
1205084 07/14/15 DRC Swap put-in / take-out locations (take-out is upstream of put-in)
1213564 08/28/19 DRC Swap put-in / take-out locations (take-out is upstream of put-in)
1192583 11/10/08 n/a n/a
1202159 05/14/13 Matt Muir Fixed broken link.