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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by LAWDOGKMS, Feb 23, 2010.
badass man. I wish i had 9 friends
Do this run every year now, at least for the last 3...
Thinking of something different in the fall, maybe the "mulberry" in Arkansas..
Report by Darin Bird and Marc W. McCord
SH 163 to Rough Canyon Marina ~ 47.7 miles
Rising in northwest Sutton County, the Devils River is a remote, natural, scenic whitewater river that is recommended only for experienced paddlers who are properly equipped for wilderness paddling. It flows about 100 miles in a generally southerly direction through Sutton and Val Verde Counties to the confluence of the Rio Grande near Del Rio. Above Baker's Crossing the river is extremely seasonal, and actually flows underground for several miles, making trips on the upper section difficult at best to impossible at worst. All property adjacent to the river is privately owned, so stay in the river channel and do NOT trespass on private land. On this river it is HIGHLY recommended that you obtain permission before taking out or camping on private land.
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. The rapids range from Class I and II, but several larger rapids could be Class III in high water. Dolan Falls, about 16.4 miles below Baker's Crossing, is a solid class IV waterfall drop of at least ten feet with Class V consequences due to the remote nature of the river and the strong hydraulic currents below the drop. Under normal conditions the rapids are shallow with large boulders as obstacles. The rapids require technical maneuvering to avoid rocks. Except during flooding, you won't see any significant hydraulic currents, whirlpools or standing waves. But, beware the Devils River in flood stage - it can be a killer! The river can flash flood quickly from rains that fall 50 to 100 miles away.
The Devil's also offers good fishing for small mouth.
The Devils River is a pool-and-drop river with several Class II - III rapids. The upper half of the river drops at a rate of about 15 feet per mile, leveling out to around 7 feet per mile after that. Rapids, most of which are boulder gardens or solid rock shelves, will quickly increase in difficulty during flood stage. When in doubt - ALWAYS SCOUT! Do NOT attempt to run Dolan Falls (16.4 miles below the Baker's Crossing put-in). The drop is about 10-12 feet into a strong hydraulic current. Take out above the falls and portage on river left until you are safely below the suction of the hydraulic. The other rapids are boat benders and bone breakers if run improperly, so take adequate precautions to make sure you are safe. While not hazardous, the long pools usually end in willow or reed "jungles" without clearly defined channels. If you get lost in one of these, then backtrack until you reach the main river channel and try again (in a different route!) People have been lost in those willow jungles for hours.
Three-Tier Waterfall (Class II+ to III+) is a major hazard if not negotiated properly. The approach is across a normally shallow channel that may require dragging boats to get to the run. The river is choked with reeds and finding the best channel and line is not easy. Scouting is definitely recommended prior to running unless you have past experience and are sure of what lies ahead.
Enter the fall by paddling to a point along the river left bank, then turn right and line up to start the run down the left side, dropping through a boulder garden of rough water. Both banks at the top are covered with dense vegetation. At the bottom of the entry the river turns sharply to the left and begins the descent over three levels amid churning whitewater. It is usually best to stay as far left as possible at the top and around the turn so that you are lined up properly for taking the drops that come quickly. The river will move you to teh right, and that's where the best flow and deepest water is found. It is also where you are most likely to capsize, and you WILL get wet, so be sure to dry everything in and lash it securely to your boat. The blind entry makes Three-Tier Waterfall a serious hazard that must be respected and paddled with control and confidence.
Looks like a blast...
He got a real pretty mouth, ain't he?
That looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for posting the pics.
Squeal like a
<------ Really into kayaking and extremely jealous. Looks like a blast!
where is the beer?