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!
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.
We usually meet you at the Who Cares? B&B
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.