By Shane Reynolds
For the first 10 years of The Clubs’ existence, the Outfitter Center has operated out of the historic Sueltenfuss homestead at the end of Swede Springs, just above Swede Creek Lake. The old place has sold to a family that intends to fully restore and preserve it, and we are thrilled that the Sueltenfuss homestead will continue to be part of the ranch’s rich history.
The new Outfitter Center will be located just off FM 3351on the east end and north of Rio Cordillera. The primary member entrance will be off of Rio Cordillera near the mailbox pavilion. With a deep respect for nature’s beauty on the ranch, it is the sporting lifestyle and the Guadalupe River that makes Cordillera Ranch wonderfully unique. We hope the new Outfitter Center will set the tone for our members and their guests venturing onto the Guadalupe River and the outdoors.
The location was chosen with long consideration of what Cordillera Ranch will look like in 15-20 years. This location will be at the center of the community near the river. It is a short two minute drive to the river crossing at Edge Falls Road. Around 90% of our river club trips end at Edge Falls Road, and it’s much more efficient for an outfitter to be near the take out compared to the launch site.
In classic Hill Country fashion, the new Outfitter Center will blend local materials and aesthetics into a space that captures the imagination of the outdoor lifestyle. Dig a bit deeper, however, and you’ll discover a ‘home base’ for one of the finest outfitter programs in Texas. From the Outfitter Center, our staff will coordinate and conduct guided fishing excursions of all forms, from fly fishing for reds on the Texas coast, to catching bass on the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake, to heading south to the Devils River for smallmouth bass, and beyond.
Should you prefer to fish on your own, the Outfitter Center will offer a private storage and launch service for your personal kayak and will have plenty of fishing gear and supplies — giving all Cordillera Ranch members access and use of our most precious resource, the river and Swede Creek.
Many homeowners have discovered the rejuvenating and cardiovascular attributes of kayaking the river. Miles upon miles of river await exploration for those inclined to engage this natural wonderland. Whether for pleasure on an evening sunset paddle or for sport as a programmed exercise event, kayaking offers a unique form of fitness in a setting that will inspire you to uncover your best self. Toobing is also a popular pastime in the Hill Country and we’ll certainly have plenty of toobs on hand for those family gatherings.
The new Outfitter Center will not only be the home for all The Club river and fishing equipment, there will be a Pro Shop with retail sales of select outdoor equipment designed to make your outdoor experience much more enjoyable. The shop will offer fishing and kayaking equipment as well as some small outdoor sundry items. The Outfitter Center will also serve as a dealer for several top kayak, kayak equipment and fishing equipment manufactures. Additionally, our outfitter staff is trained to offer rigging and repair services for all your kayak needs. We will also offer some services to take care of your fishing and hunting equipment that includes repair and maintenance of guns and fishing rods and reels.
Beyond outstanding golf and dining, The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch offer an adventurous outdoor pursuits program encompassing nearly any outdoor activity under the sun or moon. Spend an afternoon kayaking, shooting, riding horses, practicing archery or fishing just minutes away from your home. The new Outfitter Center will be the hub for all things outdoor on the ranch!
Outfitter Center: 830.336.4823 (GUAD)
Shane Reynolds is the Outdoor Recreation Director at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.616.6051.