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Lower Canyons Of Rio Grande

Post By:aboater on 1/31/2014 6:10pm
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I am considering a spring trip to the Rio Grande and Big Bend NP, and I am trying to find a few brave souls who might be interested in taking a canoe/camping trip down the lower canyons of the Rio Grande. I have made the trip before in the fall, and it was a great adventure. Participants must to be very responsible, experienced both in white water skills and in canoe camping, have appropriate equipment and they must be willing to commit at least 2-3 weeks to do the trip. I have no desire to drive so far and not make the trip worth the effort. There is a lot to see in Big Bend NP, back country desert camping, hiking, hot springs, and the town of Terlingua. Also, it is fun to explore the side canyons on the Rio Grande with short hikes. There are miles of flat moving water and also numerous class I and II rapids that can be paddled by an experienced canoeist with a boat full of camping gear. There are also a few bigger rapids to line down and one portage.

The dates chosen will depend on the availability of the participants and the water levels. I have contacted the Park Ranger, reviewed historic water levels; and there is usually enough water in the spring time. Let me know if you are interested, and I will get in touch with you. I will not go without having about 3 weeks for the trip, and the final plan allows for a reasonable shuttle without a lot of backtracking. The car ride is long (about 1100 miles from NW Florida), the shuttle is long (about 180 miles one way), and the river trip is long (116 miles). Costs would be entrance into the park, camping and back country fees , shuttle expenses, and a fee for taking out.

Contact me if you are seriously interested.


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