You can now float in Austin on Colorado River

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 11:36 AM

AUSTIN -- Austinites no longer have to make the trek to the San Marcos, Comal or Guadalupe Rivers to float for fun.

Free-flowing water can be found in the Colorado River in Southeast Austin. It's tucked between the city's Roy Guerrero Park in the north, a small business district and the Colorado Wildlife Sanctuary in the south.

With the exception of the occasional airplane sighting, this is a serene patch of the river. This is virtually untouched by man and unheard of by most Austinites.

In addition to water sports, you can go fishing. This past Memorial Day, the Walkers started East Side Tubes, offering one-mile tube rides down the river.

As news of this secret stretch of river gets out, the challenge becomes preserving this clear, pristine flow of water. But it's something Dan Walker, owner of Moc Kayaks and East Side Tubes, says he's already doing.

"We've had to take our own resources, we work with Keep Austin Beautiful, which is a great organization, and we hold river clean ups about once a month, which is a pretty large scale one and we keep this river clean," said Dan Walker.

Walker even offers incentives for customers who bring in trash they see on the river. He's trying to ensure that as the secret gets out,  the river remains the same.

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