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Title: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Jeremyj on October 04, 2017, 10:29:06 AM
Me and a friend of mine are going camp on campsite Gaule #2.
Can anyone give me info on it like wildlife this time of year and how close it is to the river?All the parks service could tell me is that the river is walking distance.Also any information on the fishing around it would be great.

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Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Don H on October 04, 2017, 01:42:42 PM
As the crow flies, the river is about 4 miles away.  Taking the nearest trail (Topado Canyon Trail I believe) it's about 6 miles to the river.  The Guale 2 campsite is very remote and requires high clearance and possibly 4 wheel drive.
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Jeremyj on October 05, 2017, 12:10:41 AM
Thank you Don H

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Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: BlindWilly on October 05, 2017, 02:19:03 PM
Do you already have a map of the park?
If not, I'd suggest the "discovery topographical" map.  It's a big download, but well worth it.
I even put it on my tablet and used Avenza Maps to navigate my way around the trails on it.  (Android Tablet with the Avenza Pro app)
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/big-bend-ranch/map
Last two times I've been out there, that campsite was taken. I hear it's one of the nicer, if windy, sites in the park.
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Jeremyj on October 05, 2017, 07:06:54 PM
Thank you BlindWilly
Does anyone have any suggestions for a camp site not so primitive and has water access?

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Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Jalco on October 05, 2017, 10:04:28 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for a camp site not so primitive and has water access?

I believe all the campsites at BBRSP are bare bones - a table and a fire ring.  Some have a cover.  None that I know of have water.  I believe the only water is Sauceda headquarters complex

South Leyva campsite is the closest to the headquarters complex.  That being said, the complex is at the end of a 22-mile dirt road.

The website has a good interactive map of the campsites, with descriptions and photos of each one.
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: catz on October 06, 2017, 10:31:08 AM

I don't remember the name of it, but just off the main entrance road, maybe a mile or two from the HQ, is a campsite on the right (as you are going into the park).   A couple of hundred yards down the hill from it, and to the right, is a very large pond.  Worth seeing even if you aren't camping at that site.
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: BlindWilly on October 06, 2017, 02:55:36 PM
Tres Papalotes has the big water tank next to the old shack.
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: BlindWilly on October 06, 2017, 03:00:52 PM
I saw your other post.
You might want to consider a great campground outside the parks that has facilities.
Rancho Topanga is a great place to stay between both parks.
http://www.ranchotopanga.com/
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: rocketman on October 06, 2017, 08:10:52 PM
I saw your other post.
You might want to consider a great campground outside the parks that has facilities.
Rancho Topanga is a great place to stay between both parks.
http://www.ranchotopanga.com/
I've stayed there. Guy and Pat are great hosts. Guy is a retired Navy CPO and has a couple of side businesses onsite - he's a leathersmith and a gunsmith.
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Ranger Tim on October 08, 2017, 02:16:40 PM
"All the parks service could tell me is that the river is walking distance."

Whoa, who did you talk to that told you that? Guale 2 is a tremendous;y beautiful camp but it is miles (read hours by truck, horse, or foot) from the river and not an easy place to reach to begin with. If you are looking for a good fishing camp, go with Arenosa, Madera, or Grassy Banks, which are easily reached by car from the paved FM 170, or River Road, that runs between Lajitas and Presidio.  There is a big hole just downstream from Arenosa that I know is a good fishing spot for large catfish. If you have any other questions about river campsites, hit us up at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center at 432-424-3327.
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Jalco on October 08, 2017, 05:16:03 PM
There is a big hole just downstream from Arenosa that I know is a good fishing spot for large catfish.

You had me at catfish  :dance:
Title: Re: Gaule #2 campsite
Post by: Jeremyj on October 08, 2017, 10:36:39 PM
Thanks everyone we ended up staying in Cottonwood Campground in the national park.Because how late we got in.I have to say that it was nice

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