Texas Parks and Wildlife opens Kingsland Slab access point on Llano River
Access to a formerly private section of the Llano River has been opened to the public by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Kingsland Slab RV Camp is now part of the department's River Access and Conservation Areas Program. It is one of three new access points opening to the public in the state through this program. The other two are on the Brazos and San Marcos rivers.
“Texas has over 40,000 miles of perennial rivers and creeks, and with 95 percent of the land held in private ownership, it can be a real challenge finding safe legal access for paddling and fishing,” said River Access coordinator John Botros. “These three newest leased access areas are great locations for bank, wade, and kayak fishing and paddling opportunities for the public.”
Five public access points are now available on the main stem of the Llano River. The Kingsland site has 750 feet of river frontage for bank or wade fishing. RV camping is available with electric, water, and sewer hookups. The campground is located on River Oaks Drive, one mile from the RR 1431 West and Slab Road intersection.
“The Kingsland Slab is an excellent place to catch white bass when they are running upriver in the early spring,” reads a Texas Parks and Wildlife news release. “When rains provide flow and water temperatures reach 55 to 60 (degrees), white bass gather in the upper ends of Lake LBJ and begin migrating into the Llano River. White bass spawn over gravel or rock in 2 to 8 feet of flowing water.”
Texas Parks and Wildlife establishes lease agreements with landowners to increase river access for both anglers and paddlers. Since 2012, more than 20 public river access leases have been established with cooperating landowners. These agreements for leased access areas enable or enhance paddling and river fishing on more than 211 miles of 10 different rivers across Texas. A map, area descriptions, and special conditions on public use for each site can be found on the River Access and Conservation Areas webpage.
River Access and Conservation Areas are funded by a combination of sources, including donations from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, sales of the Texas Rivers Conservation License Plate, and grant awards through the U.S. Farm Bill and Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
Other Llano River public access points under the jurisdiction of Texas Parks and Wildlife are:
- South Llano at County Road 150, Junction
- Main stem Llano at Pete's Pecan Patch
- Main stem Llano at Maso-Llan Road
- Main stem Llano at Castell Crossing
- Main stem Llano at HR Seventh Heaven
For more information on other river access initiatives, including the Texas Paddling Trails Program, visit the TPWD River Fishing page.
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