Hipcamp host The Sticks D.,
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Hello fellow campers! We are so excited to share our home and land with you all! Our campsites sit right on the Lower Colorado River - just minutes away from Austin! Both sites are privately situated on their own beach and have plenty of space between for memorable stargazing, fishing, tubing, and relaxation! Please watch the walk-through video below to get a better idea of


Hello fellow campers! We are so excited to share our home and land with you all! Our campsites sit right on the Lower Colorado River - just minutes away from Austin! Both sites are privately situated on their own beach and have plenty of space between for memorable stargazing, fishing, tubing, and relaxation! Please watch the walk-through video below to get a better idea of packing as the campsites are located a short walk from parking/unloading.

A few things to note about camping at The Sticks:

-BATHROOMS: Each booking includes TWO portable camp toilets, seat w/ lid, waste bag, and one roll of toilet paper.

-PARKING: 1 parking spot per booking.

-SHADE: Bring Shade!!! There are few trees near the riverbank. Shade rentals coming soon!

-EXTRAS: We offer breakfast, firewood, tubing, ice, water, etc on site! Message for details or select extras upon checkout!

-PETS: ...are SO welcome! They love this place! 

-PACKING:  The campsites are located behind the main house, down a staircase, and across a bridge. (2-3 minute trek) Campers do it every day, but the walk is definitely worth noting while planning your pack.

-WILDLIFE: The Sticks is home to a variety of native wildlife, some of which being dangerous if happened upon! Awareness of your surroundings is the best defense from unwanted encounters with critters such as snakes, spiders, etc...

-NEIGHBORHOOD: Our community is SO diverse and lively and we encourage you guys to explore! Little Thailand has BOMB food. Zipline and skydive up the street! The Water Hole Saloon is the best little dive bar to catch local tunes, outdoor shows, and karaoke! List goes on - If you need suggestions, message us!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 14 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 75%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Sticks: The Whole Dang Island in Texas.

River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Amy
Amy R.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2021

We had a great time camping at The Sticks! A recent storm had washed out the little bridge but we were able to get our stuff across without issue. So nice to be able to walk out into the river and set your chairs in just a few inches of water—and to easily walk out to deeper water. Would definitely recommend booking the whole island!

Hipcamper The Sticks
Response from The Sticks, the Host, on June 2nd, 2021


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Hipcamper maranda

Best river spot camping in austin!

Maranda C.
recommends this listing.
May 11th, 2021

We absolutely loved our stay at the sticks! Let’s get the cons out of the way: 1. There was no fire barrel or picnic table on the island, even though it was advertised and pictures that there would be. HOWEVER, there was a huge storm that flooded the island the weekend before so I think these items were washed away. 2. There’s no place for a hammock. Not really the hosts fault, but they could clear some of the brush or put up posts or something. The only reason I list this as a con, is because it’s literally the only other thing that could’ve made this site better.
Now for all the pros! The water access is perfect. We had three dogs with us and they loved having the shallow water to swim and fish and lay in. Renting the whole island meant we never had to worry about if they were bothering anyone else because we were the only ones on the island. The hosts were great! They accommodated us when we needed extra parking, and they let us know when they were making an H-E-B run (a 40+ minute drive round trip) and picked up the little things we forgot! We walked up river as far as we were could before we got tired, and then floated on tubes until we were a shot walk from our camp. We really enjoyed this, but looking back I wish I would’ve just went ahead and paid for the float trip the hosts offered. Also, we all did breakfast boxes and were SO impressed but what all it included! Hot coffee with creamer even! Tacos, fresh fruit, and beans with salsa! We didn’t like the corn tortillas very much, but we didn’t ask for flour so I can’t blame them for that. Over all, we had such a fun and relaxing trip. Waking up with the sun, and sitting in chairs with the water and dozing off as fishermen and kayakers occasionally came by, it was perfect! Again, if only I could’ve been napping in a hammock, I might’ve never left!! But on top of everything else that already made it so great, we ended up deciding to leave Saturday night instead of Sunday morning. We let the hosts know, only so that they could clean up the breakfast stuff, and they refunded us for Saturday night! Even though we left 8+ hours after what a check out time would’ve been! They were so incredibly kind! Watch the video before you stay. Other commenters that were negative about the walk or the bridge, must not have watched the video or read the description well. Yes the walk was rough with the cooler, but besides that it was fine. And the bridge didn’t bother us in the slightest. We were going to camp on an island so we had in water shoes and were expecting to get our feet wet. I don’t know why anyone else would feel differently. But overall, we LOVED it! And will definitely be staying again!

Hipcamper Philippe

Peaceful river oasis w/ good vibes.

Philippe D.
recommends this listing.
March 23rd, 2021

Such a quiet and peaceful scene. Woke up to the sound of the river right outside our tent. Hosts were also soooo soooo helpful with recommendations on nearby area, extra water, anything else we needed to enjoy our time. Highly recommend, will be back!

Hipcamper Stephanie

Whole island country primitive camp

Stephanie G.
recommends this listing.
December 7th, 2020

Renting the whole island is the way to go! So much private space to relax by the flowing river. A few reminders, walking down to the site is a trek across a stream with water flowing over concrete stepping blocks so wear appropriate shoes. There is not any drinking water or bathrooms so plan for that. We didn’t catch any fish but apparently you just need to go to the other side of the island. Just know this is primitive country camping and you will enjoy every moment!!!!

Hipcamper Jessie
Jessie W.
recommends this listing.
October 17th, 2020

The Whole Dang Island is an ideal location right outside of the city. I highly recommend renting all the campsites as it will give you plenty of space to spread out tents and offer lots of access to the water for all. Especially during the pandemic, having the whole island provided plenty of privacy and felt very safe. Our hosts were always quick to respond and help in anyway needed! One word of caution, bring water shoes as there is one section where you will need to cross a shallow stream in order to reach the sites on the water. Thanks for such a great stay and we will definitely be back!!

The Sticks: The Whole Dang Island
The Sticks
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