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Question on Oak Spring water...

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Question on Oak Spring water...
« on: August 01, 2018, 12:43:31 PM »
Curious if the water at Oak Spring is accessible to a hiker or if it is fenced off.  Would appreciate photos, if anyone can post them, of the spring area up close. 

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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2018, 01:57:56 PM »
Curious if the water at Oak Spring is accessible to a hiker or if it is fenced off.  Would appreciate photos, if anyone can post them, of the spring area up close. 

Thanks,

Flash

Its fenced. The water tank, pump station and piping/valves are inside the fence. I might have a photo somewhere.
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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 03:53:29 PM »
The last memory me and the misses have of the spring, there was water running on the ground that could be pumped.  Are you looking to pump spring water?
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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2018, 08:22:27 PM »
I am considering the prospects of picking up some spring water from Oak Creek whether pumped or scooped or filled from a nice convenient tap. So  are you saying there is some spill over from the spring that flows out of the fenced in area?

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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2018, 08:23:25 AM »
Below the mechanical stuff, in the creek bed, we saw water and a bunch of cattails.  There was a trail from the road heading down to the wet stuff. Cookie and I discussed it again, and it may have been 8 - 10 years ago.  Ahhh,  Big Bend Time.  The park may be sucking that spring down so deep now that the water no longer hits the surface.  Sorry, not very good info for planning a hike.

If it ain't running, I would think anyone driving by would gladly give you some at the Sam Nail Ranch.
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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2018, 08:36:19 AM »
Water flow at Oak Spring is highly variable for 150gpm to less than 5gpm. Like most water sources in the Big Bend, it comes from a small aquifer in the talus slope on the west slope of Vernon Bailey Peak. Low flow rate during drought periods is insufficient for any overflow from the spring catchment box and all the water is ducked up and pumped into the Basin. The NPS advises hikers to not rely on springs.

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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2018, 08:37:51 AM »
Dang autocorrect... "Sucked" up and pumped into the Basin...

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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2018, 12:36:30 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  :)   I'm just checking the feasibility of an optional water source for a potential ramble late this fall.  :eusa_think:

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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2018, 12:55:48 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  :)   I'm just checking the feasibility of an optional water source for a potential ramble late this fall.  :eusa_think:

Cattail isn't far from there.....
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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2018, 01:36:13 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  :)   I'm just checking the feasibility of an optional water source for a potential ramble late this fall.  :eusa_think:

Cattail isn't far from there.....

True indeed, however I may be heading the other way...

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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2018, 02:43:53 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  :)   I'm just checking the feasibility of an optional water source for a potential ramble late this fall.  :eusa_think:

Cattail isn't far from there.....

True indeed, however I may be heading the other way...

Croton Spring is  "the other way"?
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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2018, 01:06:12 PM »

Its fenced. The water tank, pump station and piping/valves are inside the fence. I might have a photo somewhere.


If you do have any photos, that would be great!   :eusa_think:

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Re: Question on Oak Spring water...
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2018, 09:32:36 PM »

Realized last night that I had my own picture of Oak Spring and the Tanks from my July trip! So this is looking down from the overlook on the Oak Spring Trail high above the Window Pouroff. The green spot in the center is the general spring area of which part is enclosed in fencing.



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