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Old 01-06-2020, 03:42 PM   #1
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We are planning a Devils River trip. Iím looking for recommendations on a good shuttle service. And also wonder which length trip to take.
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Old 01-06-2020, 04:33 PM   #2
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From my very limited research you don't have much of a choice on shuttle services....and it's pretty dang expensive. But maybe that's changed so feel free to correct me if you know any better. Seems like there was only one outfit now.

https://www.amistadexpeditions.com/

https://www.adventureonoutdoors.com/...iver-trip-plan

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Old 01-06-2020, 04:40 PM   #3
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From my very limited research you don't have much of a choice on shuttle services....and it's pretty dang expensive. But maybe that's changed so feel free to correct me if you know any better. Seems like there was only one outfit now.

https://www.amistadexpeditions.com/

https://www.adventureonoutdoors.com/...iver-trip-plan
Thanks Iíll check them out some. Bump
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I used Reel Fly a few years ago to shuttle us.

https://www.reelfly.com/
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Old 01-06-2020, 08:11 PM   #5
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I used Reel Fly a few years ago to shuttle us.

https://www.reelfly.com/
Thank you but Iím looking for a shuttle service or someone with land there to shuttle our own kayaks.
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Thank you but Iím looking for a shuttle service or someone with land there to shuttle our own kayaks.
They shuttled us, our own kayaks and gear...dropped us off at Devils River SNA and picked us up at Big Satan with a few cold beers waiting...
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Old 01-09-2020, 05:06 PM   #7
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They shuttled us, our own kayaks and gear...dropped us off at Devils River SNA and picked us up at Big Satan with a few cold beers waiting...
Ok sorry I didnít see anything on their site about shuttles Iíll check them out again thanks.
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Never got to float with his outfit( i hunted with him) But Darren Carr owner of Amistad Expeditions is a great guy to deal with. We talked about setting up a float when i was there with him but have not had the chance yet. If he takes care of shuttle customers like he does hunters you should have no worries
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Old 01-09-2020, 05:24 PM   #9
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Amistad Expeditions is who I used a few years ago. We left our truck at there ranch and loaded up in there vehicle.
Dropped off at Bakers crossing and floated to Big Satan where he picked us up at.
We had to get permits from the state and had to verify camping spots every night.
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:05 PM   #10
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Have it booked for 6 of us. I got my TPWD permits and deposit done with Amistad Expeditions. Just have to get a couple months out of the way. And get all of or gear ready.
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Cool, sounds like a good time
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:19 PM   #12
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Cool, sounds like a good time
I hope itís as fun as it looks.
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:23 PM   #13
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Make sure to do a recap on here afterward. Always thought it would be a cool trip.
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:27 PM   #14
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Can’t wait to hear about it.
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Old 01-13-2020, 11:46 PM   #15
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Is Big Satan open? A buddy told me the road to it had washed out so they'd have to ferry you from Amistad to take out. Or put in at Baker and take out earlier at Devil's River SP.

I have not verified this so take it with a grain of salt. I'm curious if anyone else has heard anything similar.

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Old 01-14-2020, 09:00 AM   #16
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I have been fortunate to do the trip. One of the coolest excursions I have ever been on and would go again in a heartbeat. Scenery is second to none. Fishing was great. Make sure you have good dry bags, every one in my party rolled at least once. Also, have a good sleeping mat, those rocks are not comfortable with a standard mat.
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:46 AM   #17
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Is Big Satan open? A buddy told me the road to it had washed out so they'd have to ferry you from Amistad to take out. Or put in at Baker and take out earlier at Devil's River SP.

I have not verified this so take it with a grain of salt. I'm curious if anyone else has heard anything similar.

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Itís still closed weíll come out at RM 25 Blue Sage
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:47 AM   #18
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I have been fortunate to do the trip. One of the coolest excursions I have ever been on and would go again in a heartbeat. Scenery is second to none. Fishing was great. Make sure you have good dry bags, every one in my party rolled at least once. Also, have a good sleeping mat, those rocks are not comfortable with a standard mat.
I was looking at sleeping pads last night.
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:48 AM   #19
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Make sure to do a recap on here afterward. Always thought it would be a cool trip.
Will do.
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:49 AM   #20
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Canít wait to hear about it.
Thanks for the help.
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Itís still closed weíll come out at RM 25 Blue Sage
Ah. Appreciate the info! Enjoy the trip, you'll have a blast.

Last time I went I took a break down recurve bowfishing rig and had a hell of a time chasing carp. I'd highly recommend it.

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Old 01-14-2020, 10:49 AM   #22
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Where are you putting in at? Bakers Crossing or Del Norte? Too bad you can’t go past Blue Sage, some of the most beautiful areas are in between Blue Sage and Big Satan.

As noted above, be sure to have great dry bags...everything will get wet and everyone will tip over.
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:49 AM   #23
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I used to ride rivers and creeks a Lot! Hope things are changed a bit as Devils River info used to come with warnings of very aggressive land owners. Of course respect properties and I would expect TBH to do that without saying. Never went and would have but just did not. Past viewing Articles and awesome photography, this place is out of place and So cool! Enjoy.
I still trip but little less adventurous with age. Got two cool modern yaks now and had one of the first Wilderness Systems built (Ride probably early 80's? ) a friend still owns. Report back with pics and tips
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:49 AM   #24
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Shane Davies does a guided trip down there. He furnishes all the gear or you can use your own. I think he quoted me $2500 for 2 people everything included but I can't remember how long the trip was. I've never used him but I have met him at the Brazos below PK once. Super nice guy and he's been doing river trips in Texas for a long time. He has a website.

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Old 01-14-2020, 08:37 PM   #25
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Get you a Coleman twin or the slim twin blow up mattress and a max pump plus-usb rechargeable that works really good.
You will never be uncomfortable again and will sleep great. Trust me on this. It’s a little heavy but your in a canoe. I have used it on this trip and others.
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Old 01-14-2020, 09:21 PM   #26
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This trip looks interesting

Looking forward to the report and pics
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:45 PM   #27
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Iíve done the devils twice. Most recently this past summer Used amistad both times to shuttle.
My group stayed at Marleneís (who cares bed n breakfast) and we were allowed to leave our truck and trailer at her BnB for the duration of our float.
Marleneís place is something else.
Multiple beds and bedrooms with pool tables and an outside bar area. We cooked outside on her fire pits. . The evening we returned we swam in her big pila tank/swimming pool and drank cervezas. She cooks you a big breakfast before amistad picks you up at 6am. Highly recommended and amistad likes to pick up/drop off there because itís not as much of a backtrack for their driver, if I understand right. On the shuttle ride, pick the drivers brain on conditions.
We did the trip from one tpwd unit to the other over two nights three days the fishing was spectacular. We took our time floating. Work over any hole down stream of a rapid and youíll find smallies. Wacky worms worked best for us.

So with the flooding in 2018, a lot of things have changed in the river. Our driver explained that indian head Falls was re-channeled and basically is a garage sale, so many ppl would turn over there. The flood dropped rocks or changed the channel for sure between my first and second trip.., anyways itís rough... I overturned and lost gear there.
Another thing, be sure to pack wag bags. Also a good idea to have mesh bags for camp trash. Canít carry plastic bags. No glass. Read the rules. More and more people run the river now and you can tell. I tried to collect as much random trash like floating cigarette butts, beer cans, and monofilament. Itís a special place, hope it stays wild.
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Bucket list trip for me. Good luck, look forward to hearing about it.
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Iíve done the devils twice. Most recently this past summer Used amistad both times to shuttle.
My group stayed at Marleneís (who cares bed n breakfast) and we were allowed to leave our truck and trailer at her BnB for the duration of our float.
Marleneís place is something else.
Multiple beds and bedrooms with pool tables and an outside bar area. We cooked outside on her fire pits. . The evening we returned we swam in her big pila tank/swimming pool and drank cervezas. She cooks you a big breakfast before amistad picks you up at 6am. Highly recommended and amistad likes to pick up/drop off there because itís not as much of a backtrack for their driver, if I understand right. On the shuttle ride, pick the drivers brain on conditions.
We did the trip from one tpwd unit to the other over two nights three days the fishing was spectacular. We took our time floating. Work over any hole down stream of a rapid and youíll find smallies. Wacky worms worked best for us.

So with the flooding in 2018, a lot of things have changed in the river. Our driver explained that indian head Falls was re-channeled and basically is a garage sale, so many ppl would turn over there. The flood dropped rocks or changed the channel for sure between my first and second trip.., anyways itís rough... I overturned and lost gear there.
Another thing, be sure to pack wag bags. Also a good idea to have mesh bags for camp trash. Canít carry plastic bags. No glass. Read the rules. More and more people run the river now and you can tell. I tried to collect as much random trash like floating cigarette butts, beer cans, and monofilament. Itís a special place, hope it stays wild.
It's not wild like it use to be, the pieces is the new truelly wild river I texas.

I ran the devils several years ago. Stayed at Marlenes as well and she shuttled us from bakers crossing and took out at blue sage. Not sure if she is still doing shuttles or not. It's an awesome river and the fishing got better the further down stream we got.
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:57 PM   #30
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Where are you putting in at? Bakers Crossing or Del Norte? Too bad you canít go past Blue Sage, some of the most beautiful areas are in between Blue Sage and Big Satan.

As noted above, be sure to have great dry bags...everything will get wet and everyone will tip over.
Putting in at Bakers. That just means Iíll have to make another trip to see it when it opens.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:16 PM   #31
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Iíve done the devils twice. Most recently this past summer Used amistad both times to shuttle.
My group stayed at Marleneís (who cares bed n breakfast) and we were allowed to leave our truck and trailer at her BnB for the duration of our float.
Marleneís place is something else.
Multiple beds and bedrooms with pool tables and an outside bar area. We cooked outside on her fire pits. . The evening we returned we swam in her big pila tank/swimming pool and drank cervezas. She cooks you a big breakfast before amistad picks you up at 6am. Highly recommended and amistad likes to pick up/drop off there because itís not as much of a backtrack for their driver, if I understand right. On the shuttle ride, pick the drivers brain on conditions.
We did the trip from one tpwd unit to the other over two nights three days the fishing was spectacular. We took our time floating. Work over any hole down stream of a rapid and youíll find smallies. Wacky worms worked best for us.

So with the flooding in 2018, a lot of things have changed in the river. Our driver explained that indian head Falls was re-channeled and basically is a garage sale, so many ppl would turn over there. The flood dropped rocks or changed the channel for sure between my first and second trip.., anyways itís rough... I overturned and lost gear there.
Another thing, be sure to pack wag bags. Also a good idea to have mesh bags for camp trash. Canít carry plastic bags. No glass. Read the rules. More and more people run the river now and you can tell. I tried to collect as much random trash like floating cigarette butts, beer cans, and monofilament. Itís a special place, hope it stays wild.

Iíve heard of Marlenes and will check it out thanks. We are doing five days and four nights on the river. We are going to take it slow and not be in a rush and fish every hole and rock we find. Iíve been wanting to do this trip for years and I finally said I better just book it or it will never happen.
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