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Big Bend National Park Q&A => Boating on the Rio Grande => Topic started by: dprather on July 16, 2018, 02:28:19 PM

Title: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: dprather on July 16, 2018, 02:28:19 PM
I have read that one can paddle upriver from the mouth of Santa Elana Canyon until "can't" and then turn around and let the current wash you back down river to your beginning point. 

Is there likely to be enough water flow to do this in early August?

Title: Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: badknees on July 16, 2018, 05:41:31 PM
I have read that one can paddle upriver from the mouth of Santa Elana Canyon until "can't" and then turn around and let the current wash you back down river to your beginning point. 

Is there likely to be enough water flow to do this in early August?

Is it likely to rain?
Title: Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: Jalco on July 16, 2018, 07:42:22 PM
What day would you like to meet up? :dance:
Title: Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: Jalco on July 16, 2018, 07:43:47 PM
This might give you some info

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/big-bend-boating-on-the-rio-grande/boomerang-trips/msg159522/#msg159522
Title: Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: dprather on July 16, 2018, 08:55:08 PM
What day would you like to meet up? :dance:

This will be Tuesday, August 7
Title: Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: Demon Deacon on July 17, 2018, 10:44:54 AM
I can't specifically answer your question, but we went up as far as Fern Canyon in canoes in January 2015. Had to carry at a couple of points, but not far and just across some gravel banks, maybe 50 - 100 feet at most. I wouldn't exactly deem it portaging.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7383/16176597890_46d31c4faa_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qDthYb)
Title: Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: jim2 on July 17, 2018, 05:04:59 PM
I don't know one way or the other, but, isn't too hot to float the Rio Grande in August?
Title: Re: Up and back from the mouth of Santa Elana
Post by: dprather on July 17, 2018, 10:06:55 PM
I don't know one way or the other, but, isn't too hot to float the Rio Grande in August?

That  is a very good observation...I was wondering, though, if the interior of Santa Elana would be cooler