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Offline dillomaster

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« on: July 04, 2013, 02:43:00 PM »
Does anyone know if there are maps of the area that would show the locations of the camp sites? I've been searching online but there is very little information. The official web site says there is a map at the entrance, but I'd like to do a little homework before rolling up at the gate!

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« Last Edit: July 04, 2013, 03:14:52 PM by badknees »
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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2013, 04:14:46 PM »
Excellent information for the NP. Thank you. Specifically I'm seeking info regarding the BGWMA - there seems to be very little published info but from what I've heard it is some very beautiful and very remote territory.

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2013, 10:58:29 AM »
Does anyone know if there are maps of the area that would show the locations of the camp sites? I've been searching online but there is very little information. The official web site says there is a map at the entrance, but I'd like to do a little homework before rolling up at the gate!

Here's one I created that shows all the campsites in the park.  You can change the background imagery via the upper right-hand menu (e.g. Topo, satellite, etc)
Big Bend Campsites

Here is another one for trails, backcountry roads, and paved roads.  Just click on the track and it will show the name.
Big Bend Trails and Roads
While those are great maps for the National Park, they seem to be a bit empty for the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.

Sorry Dillomaster, unless ShaneA stops by with some relevant and useful info, you may be out of luck.

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2013, 10:59:32 AM »
Does anyone know if there are maps of the area that would show the locations of the camp sites? I've been searching online but there is very little information. The official web site says there is a map at the entrance, but I'd like to do a little homework before rolling up at the gate!

Here's one I created that shows all the campsites in the park.  You can change the background imagery via the upper right-hand menu (e.g. Topo, satellite, etc)
Big Bend Campsites

Here is another one for trails, backcountry roads, and paved roads.  Just click on the track and it will show the name.
Big Bend Trails and Roads
While those are great maps for the National Park, they seem to be a bit empty for the Black Gap Wildlife Management Area.

Sorry Dillomaster, unless ShaneA stops by with some relevant and useful info, you may be out of luck.

Ooops, didn't see it was for BGWMA..
« Last Edit: July 30, 2013, 09:58:49 AM by lsnead »

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 11:07:44 AM »
Ooops, didn't see it was for BGWMA..
At least you're in good company, as neither did badknees...

I did come across this map, which shows a few landmarks at least.
http://mapcarta.com/23380078

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 02:40:20 PM »
Nothing official or knowledgeable here, just my GE armchair explorations.  :-\
There were a number of peaked roof structures which I think are covered wildlife watering areas
as they all had a tank with a line running to them I didn't mark any of those. They also seemed too low
to the ground, judging by their shadows, to be camping shade shelters.
You'd think we could find something official online with more details. The search continues.  :eusa_think:
« Last Edit: July 05, 2013, 02:50:49 PM by fartymarty »
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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 05:54:22 PM »
Ooops, didn't see it was for BGWMA..
At least you're in good company, as neither did badknees...

I did come across this map, which shows a few landmarks at least.
http://mapcarta.com/23380078

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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 11:05:24 PM »
awesome maps Lance

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2013, 11:05:52 PM »
Found the attached map of BG WMA on the TPWD site. It seems to indicate that campsite locations are available (only?) at the "area headquarters/sign-in station." Wherever that is.

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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2013, 11:05:54 AM »
I think it means that where the campsites are located can be found at the area headquarters/sign-in station.  Not that the campsites are necessarily at the HQ/sign-in point.
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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2013, 11:41:42 PM »
Absolutely.

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2013, 06:08:47 AM »
Hm, sounds like a mission to BG is in order here.

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2013, 10:36:57 AM »
Nothing official or knowledgeable here, just my GE armchair explorations.  :-\
There were a number of peaked roof structures which I think are covered wildlife watering areas
as they all had a tank with a line running to them I didn't mark any of those. They also seemed too low
to the ground, judging by their shadows, to be camping shade shelters.
You'd think we could find something official online with more details. The search continues.  :eusa_think:

Thank you fartymarty for this outstanding GE recon.  Best information I have seen yet!  I think those other structures you have identified but not marked are called "guzzlers" - collect rainwater for the animals. I agree with Casa Grande and Geezer that an expedition is in order!  I was looking at Thanksgiving, but looks like the whole area is closed then - probably for an organized hunt.  May have to go on the Spring Break 2014 list!

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Re: Area Maps
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2013, 03:29:05 PM »

 


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