If your family is looking for a great family day trip that doesn’t cost you a bunch. Look no further than the great river systems Central Texas has to offer.

With six major rivers running through Texas, the Brazos and the Colorado rivers are very accessible and are a great place for kayaking and fishing.

Walmart and Academy Sports regularly put on great deals for people looking to get their toe wet.

And set-ups don't have to run up a large bill, with a simple rod and tackle combo costing $20-30, and you can find an inflatable kayak on Ebay for $60.

Bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, garfish can all be found in Texas waterways, and depending on your taste make for great eating.

The clear waterways of Chalk Ridge Falls or the Guadalupe river will turn up not only fish, but beavers, dragonfly nymphs, and even snakes - which all play their part in the natural ecosystem.

If you want to let someone else do the work for you, Rising Phoenix and Adventure Tours in Bastrop will supply you with all the gear you need for the day, meet you at the river, and then pick up you up at the end, which makes for an easy and eventful day of nature watching.

With the recent drought, you'll want to make sure the area you are planning on using has enough water in it so you won't be left up the creek high and dry.So although Texas may not have the option of 10,000 lakes, the rivers and lakes we do have, are a sure place to find a smile.