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04-06-2011 10:40 AM #1
lake Buchanan/Colorado River questions, Whites and Stripers
Hello, new member, first post. Couple of questions, I am unfamiliar with Lake Buchanan and I am staying at Colorado Bend State Park this thur-sunday. The park ranger told me that their boat ramp is just a little too low so larger boats have to put in at a ramp in Tow, Texas. My question is what kind of boat ride is it from Tow to Colorado bend State Park, is the river so low that is dangerous, i.e. stumps and rocks? Is that a long trip by boat? (looks like about 9-10 miles, but not sure how fast I can go due to the water depth and possibilities of hitting something) Plan on doing some fishing for stripers and whites on the North end of lake buch, but want to make sure that this is doable running back and forth on the river.
Has anyone traveled this stretch of river recently, is it doable in a boat that runs a couple feet deep? Any suggestions for trolling lures on the North end of Buchanan?
I appreciate any and all feedback, thank you.
04-06-2011 02:21 PM #2
I was told that there is a sand bar where the river dumps into buchanan, and when the lake is lower it can be difficult to get up the river right at that point. The park rangers had no idea if that was the case right now. Any one have any idea???
04-06-2011 02:26 PM #3
Never mind, an old fella at Alexander Boat Dock on lake buchanan just called me back. He said there was no problem getting up the colorado river with the current water depth, so it looks like I will be OK.
04-06-2011 03:01 PM #4
There is no problem getting up the colorado. I would not make that run unless you have a good GPS Mapping system. Finding the channel can be tricky sometimes and try to stay in the middle. If in Doubt wait a few minutes and a boat will show u. Once you get past the Falls the water actually gets deeper 7-12 ft for the most part. I have a track saved so I just follow it because it is safe. Beautiful boat ride to say the least.
04-06-2011 11:22 PM #5
Colorado Bend SP is about 15 miles above Tow, depending on where you launch. The shallowest water is about 3-4ft in the Old Tow area about a mile below Fall Creek. There are grass lines visible on either side of the channel in this area to help locate it. Stay a bit to the left as you approach the headwaters and you should be able to locate the channel. Above Fall Creek the water gets deeper like BrandonA said and you should have no trouble navigating the 10 miles from Fall Creek to CBSP. It's a beautiful ride and if you're out around sundown you'll see lots of wildlife, especially deer and feral hogs.Get the net!
04-06-2011 11:40 PM #6
I appreciate the advice.
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