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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Boating on the Rio Grande => Topic started by: soonerset on January 30, 2018, 02:12:58 PM

Title: Boating in March? Looking for advice...
Post by: soonerset on January 30, 2018, 02:12:58 PM
Trying to plan a float trip with my son -

Thinking of starting in Lajitas and going to Boquillas or Rio Grande Village. (Is that an option?)

1)  How many days should I plan? 2 full days or 3 and 2 nights?
2) Raft or canoe?  I don't want to pull a canoe or raft for long distances so trying to plan for most efficient mode.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

THX
Title: Re: Boating in March? Looking for advice...
Post by: House Made of Dawn on January 30, 2018, 08:01:24 PM
Trying to plan a float trip with my son -

Thinking of starting in Lajitas and going to Boquillas or Rio Grande Village. (Is that an option?)

1)  How many days should I plan? 2 full days or 3 and 2 nights?
2) Raft or canoe?  I don't want to pull a canoe or raft for long distances so trying to plan for most efficient mode.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

THX

I paddled from Lajitas to Rio Grande Village, and then through Boquillas Canyon, last November-December. Using an Alpacka packraft, it took me 7 days to get to Rio Grande Village, another two to get through Boquillas Canyon to the eastern edge of the national park. That was faster than the official NPS recommendation (you can find a table of river mileages and recommended days on the park's website).

Canoes are faster than my packraft; kayaks handle better. Then again, it's usually best to go with whatever craft you're most experienced and comfortable with. One thing to consider: the river flow will probably be pretty low in March. You may find yourself dragging your craft across a lot of sandbars and dodging newly-exposed obstacles that would normally be fully submerged at higher flows. Louis Aulbach publishes three excellent guides to Rio Grande: The Upper Canyons, The Great Unknown, and The Lower Canyons. You would only need the first two, the third covers downriver of the park. The American Whitewater website also features excellent info on the Rio Grande through the park.

Best of luck!

Title: Re: Boating in March? Looking for advice...
Post by: soonerset on January 31, 2018, 09:01:44 AM
Thanks for the reply.  I may wait for a higher river to make my trip.  That many days gear and supplies would be a beast to haul through muck.