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Old 01-10-2018, 02:26 PM   #1
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Default Paddling the Nueces River

A friend suggested he wanted to paddlle the Nueces from Barksdale area to gulf. Sounds cool. Prelimary research suggests the river actually goes back into to aquafor after Uvalde. Does anyone have any intel on the feasibility of doing this paddle...even if it has to be done in two parts (and a longer portage around the dry area). I am totally uninformed about this area of Texas and the river, so any info is appreciated. All I know is from pics I have seen, looks beautiful.
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:27 PM   #2
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:38 PM   #3
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I have been up there a few times. In the areas I have been, paddling any great distance does not seem possible. This is in the Campwood area. Maybe I was there on a bad rain year?
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:40 PM   #4
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That river appears and disappears all over the course of the river. It is beautiful and I fish it a good bit, bit to kayak very far would be almost impossible unless it was a full on flood. There are some decent stretched you could do from below the Nueces Dam at Camp Wood down towards Uvalde, but that would be about it.
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Old 01-10-2018, 03:00 PM   #5
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I did South Nueces from Lake Corpus Christi to Nueces Bay many times as a teen.
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6-8 footers.
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:14 PM   #6
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That river appears and disappears all over the course of the river. It is beautiful and I fish it a good bit, bit to kayak very far would be almost impossible unless it was a full on flood. There are some decent stretched you could do from below the Nueces Dam at Camp Wood down towards Uvalde, but that would be about it.
Thank you. Thatís kinda what I was hearing.
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:15 PM   #7
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I did South Nueces from Lake Corpus Christi to Nueces Bay many times as a teen.
Great Gar bow fishing!
6-8 footers.
Itís probabally a much different river than above Uvalde?
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Old 01-10-2018, 04:18 PM   #8
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Good info, I know the ranch I hunt in Tilden has the river as the South border and unless the water is up you will be getting out and dragging your boat a lot. Very big gators too.
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That river appears and disappears all over the course of the river. It is beautiful and I fish it a good bit, bit to kayak very far would be almost impossible unless it was a full on flood. There are some decent stretched you could do from below the Nueces Dam at Camp Wood down towards Uvalde, but that would be about it.
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:12 PM   #9
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It would be more hiking/carrying a canoe/kayak than paddling one once you hit South Texas nowadays.
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:34 PM   #10
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It would be more hiking/carrying a canoe/kayak than paddling one once you hit South Texas nowadays.
This is why we scout before we go! Lol. Thank you.
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Very big gators too.
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Old 01-10-2018, 08:26 PM   #12
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The Nueces out around Uvalde, is dry or very shallow in many areas most of the time. Then the Nueces river is ****ed up to make Choke Canyon and Mathis Lake/Lake Corpus Christi.

When we were kids, we canoed the Nueces from somewhere around Orange Grove down to Calallen. That was a trip, we were going against the wind all the way down river, felt like we were paddling up river. It was a fun trip, saw lots of critters and gar.
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:11 PM   #13
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We kayak it quite a bit(live in uvalde). It got pretty dry this summer but has come back some lately. If we get some spring rains you could make it down to lapryor no problem without getting out much but I havenít kayaked any further south than that to see whatís itís like down there. Did a lot of 481 to 83 south trips early last year and itís a pretty stretch of the river


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Old 01-10-2018, 09:19 PM   #14
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We kayak it quite a bit(live in uvalde). It got pretty dry this summer but has come back some lately. If we get some spring rains you could make it down to lapryor no problem without getting out much but I havenít kayaked any further south than that to see whatís itís like down there. Did a lot of 481 to 83 south trips early last year and itís a pretty stretch of the river


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Old 01-10-2018, 09:25 PM   #15
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the earlier you go in the year the deeper it will be. i take the kids to the river around barksdale most weekends in the summer. there are some good flow in the spring but it slows to a trickle by july
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Old 01-10-2018, 09:38 PM   #16
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The Nueces out around Uvalde, is dry or very shallow in many areas most of the time. Then the Nueces river is ****ed up to make Choke Canyon and Mathis Lake/Lake Corpus Christi.

When we were kids, we canoed the Nueces from somewhere around Orange Grove down to Calallen. That was a trip, we were going against the wind all the way down river, felt like we were paddling up river. It was a fun trip, saw lots of critters and gar.
The river is not damed at Choke Canyon, only the Frio.
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Old 01-11-2018, 04:52 PM   #17
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I think there's a dam just below 624.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:03 PM   #18
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I live south of Uvalde and the Neuces River is about 3 miles from my house. It is dry as a bone around La Pryor through Crystal City.

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