This trip is for Advanced Beginners & Up who want to run Devil's River. We will not stop and play.
Whitewater skills that are needed but not required to run this river: know how to read and run, be able to see a line. boof, wet entry, turn-in/out etc. Should also know paddle & whistle signals.
Minimum Equip needed: Recreational Boat (10 ' to 12'/spray skirt if Sit-in kayak, thigh straps [see: http://www.austinkayak.com/search/thigh%20strap ] if SOT), non inflatable PFD, whitewater helmet, throw bag w/ 3/8" or larger rope, quick dry clothes, air mattress.
Equip that will be nice to have: 5 mil neoprene wetsuit, polyethylene long john, neoprene river shoes,
Looking for group members who want to run the Devils River with us over a long weekend. The paddling trip is going to be 5 days in duration. 1st day traveling there, next 3 days paddling, running rapids, fishing & camping on the river, 5th day traveling home.
This river is known for its fishing, clean water, and scenic views. The Devil's River is one of the most beautiful, unspoiled rivers in Texas. It is spring fed and flows over solid limestone, so flows and depth increase as it moves downstream. Water quality is among the very best in the State of Texas. It truly is an oasis in the desert. The river offers a good mix of slow, deep pools separated by brief rapids. This trip will need to include at minimum two night stay on the river and a night or two night stay at a local B&B.
Looking for about 8 people max for this trip and RSVP's will need to have a deposit to pay to hold your spot with the outfitter shuttle service as well as the B&B stay. Deposit will depend on the number going. This deposit is for the outfitter to hold our slot for the time frame we want and also allow for the B&B to save us a room. The B&B will charge a $45/person fee per night stayed.
The outfitter will also have kayaks and canoes for anyone who wants to go on this trip at a cost of $40 per day.
Now the fine print: Below - Dolan Falls - Class IV Rapids
A trip on the Devil's River is suitable ONLY for experienced (Advanced Beginners & UP) paddlers who are prepared to spend at least three days and 2 nights on the river.
You can not bring any guests!!! Everyone needs to sign up and pay on their own.
Payment Deadline for the RSVP is March 15th.
Despite the beautiful setting, a trip down the 47.7-mile stretch of the Devils River from SH 163 at Baker's Crossing to the Rough Canyon Marina at Lake Amistad can be difficult and challenging to plan, exhausting to navigate, and life-threatening if not prepared, even for the most seasoned paddlers. Since there are currently no public take-out sites accessible by private vehicle between Baker's Crossing and Lake Amistad, it is critical for paddlers to plan and prepare well in advance for a physically demanding, remote river trip and/or make arrangements for take-out with a private outfitter or private property owner.
Public camping for paddlers only is presently allowed at Baker's Crossing, San Pedro Point - Del Norte (river mile 15), and 29 Mile Paddler Camp - Dan A. Hughes Unit. Camping on islands within the river, while legal, can be extremely dangerous if the river rises. Any other camping along the river bank above the gradient boundary would be considered trespassing if the user doesn't have permission from the private landowner.
Permits required: A Devils River State Natural Area Access Permit (DRSNAAP) is required for all river trips which access Devils River State Natural Area units. DRSNAAP costs $10 plus shipping and handling. Camping fees also apply at San Pedro Point - Del Norte, and 29 Mile Paddler Camp - Dan A. Hughes Unit. These river campsites are open seven days a week for paddlers with advance permits to camp on their way downriver. Only one-night stays are allowed per party. Contact the TPWD Customer Service Center at (512) 389-8901 to obtain a DRSNAAP and camping permits, and to learn about commercial outfitters. Read an overview of the new Devils River State Natural Area Access Permit. An advance permit is also required to camp at Lake Amistad below the Weir Dam. Contact Amistad National Recreation Area at (830) 775-8779.
Distance: Baker's Crossing to Lake Amistad (47.7 miles) Float time: Allow at least three full days Sanitation: Pack out what you bring in. Cat holes are not acceptable on the Devils River, since there is precious little diggable soil. WAG bags and small, RV flushable potty boxes are appropriate solutions for human waste and can be purchased online. All trash must be removed. No fires. Containerized fuel only.
Allow at least three full days to travel from Baker's Crossing to Rough Canyon Marina at Lake Amistad. The best times to go are spring and fall. Begin each day early to take advantage of valuable daylight!
Before going, obtain detailed maps and guides of the Devils River and surrounding area.
SPECIAL NOTE: Loose items including coolers must be secured in the vessel to withstand swamping and rollovers. Trash bags are especially susceptible to ripping and polluting river waters. Everyone plays a role in keeping the river clean. Don't be an irresponsible paddler!
Adverse weather can have a strong, negative impact on a river trip, so it is critical to check the weather forecast and water levels prior to your trip. Water depth and flow rate levels at Pafford Crossing (33 miles downriver from Baker's Crossing) are available on the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) Rio Grande Flow Conditions website.
There are least 6 major hazard (depending on water flow & wind) we will have to deal with.
Devil's River Details: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1808/ T
he Devils River can flash flood and become dangerous very quickly. Check the latest weather forecast before going on your trip. Low water levels may cause canoes/kayaks to drag, or paddlers may need to portage around shallow waters. Check water flows and levels before going.
Water Flow: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=ewx&gage=jnxt2
Weather Stations: Del Rio: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=ewx&gage=jnxt2
Geronimo - Airborne - H.A.L.O. No, I am not going to show you the "BIG BELLY FLOP" ending Packing a Kayak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBz7PGoIBwQ
Packing a kayak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxj1z0ab9Nk
Devil's River by Drone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eidZ23t1sY
Devil's River: 7/2/2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBz7PGoIBwQ
Devils River Trip June 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9XE9hMF0aA