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Doggonit! We sure need some rain. The river remains low. Still good for picnicking, photography, fishing, or a very refreshing swim. Burn ban in effect until further notice.
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Here's something cool coming to The Odeon Theater in Mason on October 12th. The focus of most films will be rivers and river stewardship. Since I promote use of our amazing river resources I feel I should promote amazing stewardship as well. Hope some of you will make it out. Good times in Mason, Texas ... See MoreSee Less

Looking for a good reason to start your weekend early? Come on out for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, October 12th, 6-8pm at The Odeon Theater. Afterward, indulge in a gourmet pizza at Lea Lou Co-Op in Mason, Texas an chase it with a cold draft from Pedernales Brewing, a tasty glass of wine or a cocktail from the bar. Lot's of great lodging, food and shopping available for your weekend getaway. The focus of the film festival will be rivers. This is quite appropriate as Mason is traced by the James, San Saba and Llano Rivers. Here's the film lineup. Ace and the Desert Dog Bringing Back the Brooks Elk River One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts Plastico Razing Cane, Controlling Invasive Arundo Cane Sagebrush Sisters Selah

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Any one tuning into ABC's new series, "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" will find Kevin at Schneiders Crossing on the Llano River in Llano County. This very interesting crossing is between Mason, Texas and Llano, TX, just downstream of Castell. The paddling in this area is very scenic as the river cuts through the pink granite of the Texas Hill Country.
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Terry Schroth, filming establishing shots on the Llano River for ABC's 'Kevin (Probably) Saves The World', premiering tomorrow night.

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River Checklist

Make sure you come prepared for your adventure!

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and/or Sunglasses
  • River Shoes
  • Appetite for Adventure!

Pricing and Information

  • Kayaks- $40 day (includes PFD (life jacket), paddle, small dry bag)
  • Canoes- $60 day (includes PFD (life jacket), paddle, small dry bag, ropes, bailers)
  • Shuttle - Varies starting at $35
  • Guiding—Starts at $250 per day for two people. Includes basic lessons & natural and cultural interpretation. Discounts available for groups.

About the Llano River

The Llano River is a tributary of the Colorado River and runs about 105 miles. Two spring-fed tributaries, the North and South Llano, stretch across West Texas before merging just east of Junction, forming the head of the Llano River proper. It stretches through the Edwards Plateau and into the Llano Uplift, joining the Colorado as an arm of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson. Because it is so remote, the Llano River is a peaceful and serene kayaking journey with amazing views of the natural geological formations. The Llano is also a wonderful fly fishing destination with Guadalupe bass and largemouth bass, as well as alligator gar and sunfish.

What Folks are Saying…

“We went with Tony to observe the Indian Pictographs near Paint Rock during the Winter Solstice. This was a fantastic trip with the Sun cooperating at just the right time. Truly a memorable adventure. Thanks Tony!”

5 stars

“Very knowledgable about the river, safety conscious, helpful in every way possible. My first time to do this activity and they gave superb guidance and institution. I will be back!”

5 stars

“If you love nature and the water then I highly recommend spending the day on a guided kayaking tour with Tony. The eagle viewing tour was excellent. Tony is extremely knowledgeable in not only kayaking safety & skills but also in all things Mason, Tx and history. I will go back for sure!!!”

5 stars

Contact Me

Please call Tony Plutino at 512.496.2020

About Your Guide

Whether it's exploring Hill Country geology, Native American Pictographs or going on a kayaking adventure down the Llano River, Tony Plutino is always happy to share his knowledge and passion about nature.

Hitting the Wildflowers in Mason County

If you think Texas is only cactus, mesquite trees and sagebrush, you haven’t visited the Hill Country in the springtime. The bluebonnets burst forth first, in late March and early April, followed by flowers of every hue; reds, whites, yellows, and pinks throughout April and May. And this winter, the Hill Country has been blessed with the plentiful rains that practically guarantee a Technicolor wildflower display. On the northernmost edge of the Hill Country, you’ll find Mason County. It’s not a big county geographically speaking, but our wildflowers put on a ‘Really Big Show’ and we invite you to attend a ‘viewing’. To help you enjoy this show at a slow country pace, the Mason County Chamber of Commerce offers “Mason Historic Country Lanes”, this is a selection of three different drives through the county on the back roads. #1 – James River Road, #2- Fredonia-Pontotoc Drive; and #3 – Hilda Drive is available from the Mason County Chamber of Commerce.

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