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Experience with the Santa Elena "Boomerang" Trip?

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Offline andrwtzel

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Experience with the Santa Elena "Boomerang" Trip?
« on: March 22, 2017, 03:04:29 PM »
Any veterans of this float have any suggestions or tips on how to get the most out of this float? Sounds like there is Smugglers Cave, and also Fern Canyon upstream which are notable landmarks and can be explored (or not, based on your moral compass). Will Fern Canyon be obvious?

My plan (provided water levels cooperate) is to rent a canoe, travel down Old Maverick Road and put in at the parking lot for Santa Elena Canyon.

Not a lot of information on this float that I could find...Just hoping for any tips or experiences.

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: Experience with the Santa Elena "Boomerang" Trip?
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 03:23:13 PM »
There is a separate put in that is not at the actual Santa Elena Canyon parking area, much less of a walk to carry your canoe or kayak. It's been a while since I floated the river through one of the guide services, but fern canyon can't be missed, it's the only slot comming out on the Mexican side and it's pretty neat to explore. We did have to climb up one small pour off with some water flowing

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Re: Experience with the Santa Elena "Boomerang" Trip?
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2017, 04:13:18 PM »
I haven't done the boomerang, only floated downstream, still I'm a +1 on the unmissability of Fern Canyon. And while a moral compass is definitely one of the 10 Essentials, its declination is highly variable in the wilderness.
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Offline tbone

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Re: Experience with the Santa Elena "Boomerang" Trip?
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 04:31:15 PM »
If you explore Fern Canyon, just make sure you come back through a port of entry. :rolling:
...and don't post pics of it unless you want the man to send you a nice letter with a citation.  :icon_rolleyes:

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Offline Summit

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Re: Experience with the Santa Elena "Boomerang" Trip?
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2017, 04:33:41 PM »
The river is quite low this year.  At least it was a week ago when we floated a section of it (Gravel Pit to RGV).  I haven't ever floated the part you are considering, but I recall asking on the board here about the very boomerang trip you speak of some years ago... so there is a thread on the topic (to my surprise, it's hovering quite near the top despite its age: "Minimum Flow for SE boomerang").  Not sure what the low flow would mean for your trip: a) easier bc of less current you will have to fight against or b) harder/impossible because you'll have to get out and drag your watercraft too often. 

I do love seeing the park from the water though! 

 


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