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Independence Paddling Trail

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Visit Gonzales and enjoy this scenic 2.6-mile loop paddling trail on the Guadalupe River. This trail is perfect for beginners since no shuttle is needed. Float Times: ~1-2 hours per trail (depending on water level, flow rate, and wind speed) This two and a half mile Guadalupe River loop trail offers a pleasant paddling experience. Paddlers can put in at the 183 bridge and paddle upstream to below the dam (look for the turnaround sign on the righthand bank as you approach the hydro-electric dam and don't paddle too close "“ you don't want to get caught in the dam's current!) and then float back to the bridge for a shorter, family-friendly paddle. The tall riparian trees that line the banks along the way provide for pleasant shade, and there are great fishing opportunities. Heavy rains upstream or in the vicinity can create dangerous flooding, and paddlers are advised to not use the trail during these times, as well as to stay away from the dam. Flow information is available to paddlers on the web at: www.gbra.org/Public/FlowData.aspx NOTE: Use caution and stay back from the hydro-electric dam so as not to get caught in its current.
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