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We would be taking out at RGV
Quote from: avoloshin on December 12, 2019, 04:02:08 PMWe would be taking out at RGVThat will be a beautiful float and I highly recommend it. Back in November/December 2017, I floated the length of the river from Lajitas to the eastern border of the park, beyond Boquillas Canyon, using my one-man packraft. Fantastic experience. I've also floated Lajitas to Cottonwood campground in an inflatable kayak. In both cases, the river flows were well above 500cfs. Most of the rapids you'll encounter along your route should be quite manageable and fun in catarafts. I think you could probably make it through the Rock Slide in Santa Elena in your catafrafts, though only through one of the several lines available through the rock maze, provided it's open and not blocked with debris (you never know until you get there and scout). The big hangup, I think, will be Mariscal Canyon. There is a major pinch called the Tight Squeeze, and it's tight. There are a couple of lines available but I don't think either can accomodate a cataraft. Canoes on the other hand, should be fine from Lajitas to RGV and manageable in even low flows. I haven't checked the most recent gauge data, but I think as long as you're above 250cfs, a canoe would float well with only a few spots along the river where you'd have to drag yourself over gravel bars. But I'm no expert by a long shot. I've only done those few floats I mentioned. You'll get far, far better and more up-to-date info from the park staff or from local outfitters like Desert Sports, etc. Good luck! If you make the float, please post a trip report here on this board. We'd all love to hear about your experiences. Very few people post reports of floats through the park.
Okiehiker, what do you think about a cataraft? Can one easily make it through the Tight Squeeze? Or would avoloshin be better off renting a canoe? Sent from my iPhone using Big Bend Chat
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