If the water level is up these crossings offer some really nice spots for swimming, wading and fly fishing, and they also are very good put in and take out locations for a kayak trip as far down as Robinson Park near Llano. There isn’t a lot of shade at the swimming areas, but these are some nice spots because of the stone stream bed and the relatively wide river up in these parts. You could pop over to the Castell General Store for some really good barbecue on Saturday and they can also give you information about river conditions or rent you a kayak. However, you no longer will be able to say hello to the store’s amorous rooster due to his recent demise. Parking can be limited at these crossings so you would be better off by Stopping by the Castell General Store and see whether they can give you any pointers. It is about 5 river miles from both 2768 to 103 (Schneider’s Crossing) and from 103 to 102 (Scotts Crossing). It is about 8 miles from 102 to the park. This whole portion of the Llano is a real fun place to paddle when the river is flowing, but you should know that the last run that takes you from 102 down to the park is pretty flat towards the end. Do not get stuck in the sand at the crossings when unloading your gear, or else you might not get off the river in time to go eat at Cooper’s and hitting the Pizza Hut after 9:00 pm is a distant second to sinking your teeth into the big chop. When the water is up the crossing at the Castell General Store can be a really good place to do some swimming, and in fact this place has made it onto some of the lists of top swimming holes in Central Texas. Sometimes the water levels can get low around here, however, so if this area does not work for you there is always Robinson Park just outside of Llano. Heading west on State Hwy 29 from Llano turn left (south) on either County Road 102 or 103 or State Road 2768 to get to the crossings.
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Location Details:Castell Crossings
Castell, TX 76831