Canoeing and Kayaking
Kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts love that the Homer Martin Ranch is nestled next to the Llano River. If you’re considering planning a summer trip to the ranch, every first Saturday in June, the small German community of Castell hosts a kayaking race, better known as the Live Strong Race, to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. We’d recommend joining in this unique and fun effort to make a difference. Castel, located only twenty minutes from the Homer Martin Ranch facilities, is a hop-skip-and jump away, not to mention it’s beautiful too!
If you don’t happen to visit the ranch during the beginning of June, there are a few kayak trips we’d like to recommend:
White’s Crossing to James River Crossing: 5 MILES
The section of the Llano River from Junction to FM 1871, known as White’s Crossing, makes for a good day float. When you drop in, hold onto your paddle, because the rapids will be rolling. Nothing to worry about though. Deep pools, long riffles, and gravel bars make up most of this five-hour float.
James River Crossing to Martin’s Crossing: 6 MILES
The James River crossing at FM 2389 is another good day’s trip. The 6 miles of river here are similar to the float from White’s Crossing to the James River Crossing with the exception of the lower water river crossing. There the flow is much slower, which means you’ll be using more muscle. On this trip, you’ll see the gargantuan cretaceous cliffs located on the Homer Martin Ranch featured on the cover of Texas Monthly. Immediately following the bluffs is a gravel bar located on the right-hand side of the river. Pull your kayaks ashore, and relax for a while.
Martin’s Crossing to HWY 87: 5 MILES
HWY 87 to Castell: 12 MILES
If you’re feeling strong and ready for a lengthy trip, try the stretch from HWY 87 to Castell.
We’d like to remind you - The Homer Martin Ranch does not provide gear to visitors. You can bring kayaks and canoes, or we can arrange trips via local guides. Just call ahead of time! When you need a rest, sit back and enjoy the river on the banks of the Homer Martin Ranch.