Devils River Guide Service / Outfitter

Ever heard of the Devils River? One of the most pristine waterways in the world. It’s a four day trip you will never forget.

The Devils River is the cleanest, clearest river in Texas and all of the Southwest; it is used as the benchmark by the State to which all other rivers are compared to for clarity and purity. It is spring fed so it retains a consistent level year round, and although it has many deep stretches and pools it has several unnavigable spots that will require lining and dragging your boat through. If you are not in good physical shape, do not have good balance, do not posses a can-do attitude, and are not an experienced paddler and/or good coordination then this river will be very difficult for you. On the other hand, if you are in decent shape, learn quickly, and are not a quitter, then this is one of the most spectacular and challenging rivers in North America!

Charlie,

Thanks so much for putting together one of the greatest trips of my lifetime! It gave me a chance to share an incredible outdoor experience with my son and nephew! The other two gents (Romero and Paul) were a perfect fit, we all hit it off from the start!

I also want to thank you for securing the take out at Gerald’s (?) place so we could run the original trip as planned!

First let me compliment our guide Tanner! He was great!!!!! If I am ever fortunate enough to partake in another one of your company’s trips I would definitely want him to be the guide!!!!!!! The guidance, food and hospitality he provided was top notch!

Second, I appreciated how day one was spent upstream from Dolan Falls! It gave everyone in our group to get their water legs! I’d highly recommend that approach in your future trips, once the Devils Back take out is reopened!

Third, I caught 14 fish including two big smallmouth (~14 – 16”) and a handful of 16 – 19” largemouth (I didn’t have a board or digital scale but referenced than against the 5 gal drinking water container on my kayak! Attached are two pics of the two smallmouth that I caught. One upstream of Dolan (second pic) and the larger one (1st pic closeup) caught at 6:45am in the runoff immediately below Indian Creek rapids (around the Mile 20 campsite)! Might make for a advertisement on your webpage!

Thanks again!!!

Sincerely
Bob

Photo by Patrick Black, Sycamore Chute Rapids Devils River


 

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“In this podcast, we sit down with John Dunaway who has traveled to over 35 countries, captaining large vessels. In this episode, John shares how he got started in the Merchant Marine Industry, his love for photography, and how he has learned to remove “blockages” that we all experience in order to pursue the next “trip of a lifetime.” John also shares some tips on planning, boat navigation, and a recent trip he too to Devils River with our friends at Turtlebox Audio.”


 

Photo by Patrick Black, Sycamore Chute Rapids Devils River


 

Photo by Patrick Black, Sycamore Chute Rapids Devils River

Our 4 day trip is only 15 miles but there are many obstacles that will require individual effort from you; in the first mile we will portage boats and gear over and around Dolan Falls, the most photographed waterfall in Texas, a wonder of hydrology! Please be aware that NO GLASS BOTTLES are allowed on this river.  See our list of what to bring (and not bring)

For those who need a break from camping, we offer a night on the Devils River in a house overlooking the river. It does require an 85 step climb, and there is an extra cash fee to the owner for it’s rental, but for a group, it’s a nice break from roughing it. See more about the cabin on the Devils River.

See the pricing page for current rates, and contact us to check availability.

The Devils River Conservancy is having a fundraiser. See the Auction and T-Shirts.



See the photos by Guillermo Gonzalez on a recent trip on the Devils River.

Safety & Rules
Private landowners took this photo. Anyone who floats the Devils River with us must realize that we paddle thru many peoples’ backyards, and eyes will be upon you most of the time. Strict adherence to Park rules and proper behavior must be followed at all times during your experience!

Learn more about the campsites along the Devils River here. You’ll see photos and what to expect at each camp.

Devils River is one of very few dark sky places, and the stars are amazing.

Logistics
We usually meet you at the Who Cares? B&B
Phone 830-703-9210
1683 Mier Ranch Rd, Del Rio, TX 78840
GPS 29.951929, -101.05487

We usually arrive there the evening before the trip. The bed and breakfast  is a separate charge from our fees. Vehicles are fine to be left there while we are on the river, and it is a safe location as well. There are hotels as well in Del Rio but they are some 45 minutes away, and her place works best. She also has outdoor shower, fire ring, bbq grills, picnic area and a large cattle tank for swimming. The road that we exit the river on our last day of the trip drives right to her house. See the map and inset map below.



Meet at 1683 Mier Ranch Rd

Photo by Patrick Black





PADDLER’S MANUAL – PLEASE WATCH BEFORE TRIP.

Photo Credit Guillermo Gonzalez



A new informational video is required viewing for our crew and clients heading out on a Devils River Trip. Please watch it before you leave good internet, and if you have any questions, we can answer them for you. It’s well done, and good to have the knowledge.

Here is a web page on paddling the Devils River prepared by the Devils River Conservancy. It has good info: www.devilsriverconservancy.org/paddlers-manual

PLEASE WATCH THIS ONE ALSO. YOUR DEVILS RIVER GUIDE COMPANY HAS PREPARED IT FOR YOU.



Day Three on the Devils River

Evening of Day Three on the Devils River

Charlie:
I hope you are well. Just wanted to let you know that Emily and I had a great time. We appreciate the hard work that you, Mike and Robin put in throughout the trip. We have recommended you to others already. I’ve put up a review on Trip Advisor and completed the TPWD survey. We look forward to travelling with you again in the future. Also, what was the name of the children’s book you told us about? It sounded like a great book for our grandkids.

Thanks,
David

Charlie and crew,
Our Devils River trip exceeded our expectations and left us wanting to do it again.    Despite the wide range of our group’s ages, from 11 to 72; and despite the differences in our kayaking expertise, from novice to pretty decent … you all were able to tailor the adventure accordingly for all of us.  The adventurers got their share of fun, the novices had a very safe and enjoyable time.   The surprise storm and fast rising river was an event that really showed how attuned you are to the potential dangers of the river, and how to mitigate quickly and appropriately.    It was great to have you make all the necessary arrangements ahead of time, from the dependable shuttle to the three camping spots.    We all appreciated the well prepared and abundant food, and never had a worry during the entire trip.

You and your crew were top notch, and you allowed us to have a fabulous time.

Thanks
Michelle Rumbaut, Steve White, Clint Taylor, John Sieben, and the rest of the gang …