History & Wildlife

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History

The Colorado River, which is approximately 600 river miles long, is considered one of the great rivers of Texas.  One of the first settlements along the river was Columbus, established in 1823.  As would be expected, there is a rich history within this town and the river that surrounds it.  As you travel along this section of the river, you will pass the old low water bridge and the remains of "The Wall".  While doing so, try to visualize the many ferry crossings and the paddle wheelers that were once commonplace.  In the mid 1800's there was a castle (Robson's Castle) built along the banks of the river, complete with moat and running water.  Allow yourself extra time to explore Cummins Creek as you paddle under the trees in this peaceful body of water.  At the end of your trip, you will be able to relax and picnic under the magnificent live oaks at Beason's Park. 

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Enjoying the Beauty of the Colorado River


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Wildlife along the river...

 Numerous species of bird life abounds along the river.  The most visible are the kingfishers, herons, and egrets.  There are also several pairs of American bald eagles that frequent the area.

Though mainly nocturnal, there is a healthy population of beavers that inhabit this section of water.  Other wildlife that live along the river are raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, fox, nutria, snakes, turtles, and deer.

For the light tackle/fly fisherman, test your skills on the Guadalupe bass that inhabit the river.  The best time to catch these is when the water is clear.  Catfish (channel, blue, and flat head) are more readily caught in the spring and fall.  The best time for catfish is when the water is muddy.  During the summer, it is not uncommon to see alligator gar coming to the surface near "The Wall", some of which exceed 100 pounds.