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Other Parks of the Big Bend Region => Black Gap Wildlife Mgt. Area => Topic started by: Flipper on March 11, 2009, 03:54:04 PM

Title: Black Gap WMA Road Clearance
Post by: Flipper on March 11, 2009, 03:54:04 PM
"Need to Know"  Can I get my fully loaded Suburban and gear trailer from Black Gap Hdq. to the campsites "as far downstream as they exist" next week? 
Second question:  It is not as important as whether I can get in - but would you know if I can get back out too?
Title: Black Gap WMA Road Clearance
Post by: RichardM on March 11, 2009, 04:01:47 PM
"Need to Know"  Can I get my fully loaded Suburban and gear trailer from Black Gap Hdq. to the campsites "as far downstream as they exist" next week? 
Second question:  It is not as important as whether I can get in - but would you know if I can get back out too?
I assume you meant Black Gap Wildlife Management Area (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/wma/find_a_wma/list/?id=2) as opposed to Black Gap Road (http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/the-backroads/black-gap-road-clearance-t5360.0.html) in Big Bend Nat. Park (http://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/primitive-dirt-roads.htm) so I moved your post over here.
Title: Re: Black Gap WMA Road Clearance
Post by: SHANEA on March 11, 2009, 04:18:19 PM
"Need to Know"  Can I get my fully loaded Suburban and gear trailer from Black Gap Hdq. to the campsites "as far downstream as they exist" next week? 
Second question:  It is not as important as whether I can get in - but would you know if I can get back out too?

Roads are generally "ok" out there (haven't been in a couple of years) - I've never been able to drive as far down to the last fish camps as possible.  It all depends on the weather - and as it's currently raining out there - the roads might be "tough".  Really don't need 4x4 - but I generally keep it in 4x4 or auto 4x4 as you don't want to spin your tires going up the hills.  Carry a plug kit too.   There are some really good fish camps along the river with nice views that are closer in.  I'd carry at LEAST one full extra spare - if not two. (ie. two spare tires).  I've seen a number of broken vehicles out there and have torn up more than one tire and had to dig a vehcile out of a ditch one time - so you might want a shovel.  One of the vechilces was totally blocking the road and abandoned with a puddle of either tranny or power steering fluid on the ground and a dropped drive shaft.  No mobile phone coverage at all - heck of a long hike back to headquarters - and there is no phone there.  Closest phone is the Stillwell store - even a much further hike.   With a phone, all you are going to be able to do is call for a tow truck out of Marathon (I'd hate to get that bill).  I always travel into BGWMA with at least two vehicles.   I hope this helps.