Texas Paddling on the Devil's River
They say everything is bigger and better in Texas and when it comes to the Devil’s River they aren’t lying. There’s no need to travel far and wide to hop in a canoe and enjoy a week of beauty on the water. Texas has it’s own amazing river to paddle down. So get ready for a week of living out of a canoe, working on your paddling skills, and going swimming all within the Lone Star state. Texas isn’t just two steppin, football, and cowboy boots, y’all. It is so much more! So put on your sunscreen, blow up your floaties, and come experience another side of Texas as we paddle down the Devil’s river!
Day 1- Austin to Del Rio, Tx. Today we will depart for the Devils River to begin our adventure. The group will meet at the Explore Austin Warehouse at lunch time. After a brief introduction of the group and trip leaders the vans will load up and head South. We will arrive at the Who Cares B&B, have a nice dinner and have the opening campfire!
Day 2 - Today we begin to paddle! Vehicle shuttle to Baker crossing then we paddle from Bakers crossing to San Pedro Point. [15 river miles] We start with the basics of canoeing then we will put in the Devils river and head downstream. We have lunch on one of the many islands. At mile 13 we encounter the Sycamore river chute, a tricky section that requires careful navigation. We will pull off at San Pedro point where we will set up camp on the shore and enjoy an evening on the river.
Day 3 -San Pedro point to 29 paddlers camp. [14 river miles] Day 3 of the trip takes us less than 14 miles down the Devils river. We begin the day at San Pedro point and continue down to Dolan falls our first hazard of the day, this excited rapid is typically portaged. After that we navigate 2 more rapids, Three tier rapid and Dandridge Falls. We continue to 29 paddler camp and sleep next to the river.
Day 4 - We wake up and have a short paddle to Devils back where we load the boats back onto the trailer for the trip home. Congratulations you have survived the weekend on the Devils river! After a fun, adventure filled week I’m sure you’re exhausted so it is time to head back to Austin. We will load up the van and drive on home to get you back to tell your friends and family all your stories from the weekend!