The Brazos River offers a sampling of each of the major geographic regions of the state
including a variety of diverse landscapes and natural habitat. Like many rivers in
Texas, the Brazos is navigable in some areas and less so in others; however, paddling,
hunting and fishing area available and open to everyone year-round.
Rules for paddlers differ from those applied to motorized boats. The State of Texas does not require that canoes and kayaks be licensed and registered. However, other state laws do apply to those that paddle on Texas rivers.
Free paddling maps for the two most popular areas below Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Granbury can be obtained by clicking here.
With the exception of the area just downstream of the reservoirs, the Brazos River Authority does not own property along the river. For this reason, it is recommended that paddlers research state bridges and recreation camps for canoe put in and take out locations along the river.
A helpful website for paddling along the Brazos River is SouthwestPaddler.com. Information regarding locations, flow, hazards, put in and take out locations and other advice can be found by clicking here.
Hunting on the River
The State of Texas allows hunting on all public lands during the appropriate hunting season. Since the riverbed is public land, hunting is allowed there.
Hunters must be aware of state laws pertaining to hunting. Though you are on public land, it is against the law to fire across or enter private property along the river banks without the property owner’s permission.
Hunters must also be aware that state law prohibits motor vehicles, both tracked and wheeled, from Texas riverbeds.