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Hey river dudes, I have some questions I figure some of y’all might be able to help with. My brothers and I want to take our dad to the Devils River. This will just be a quick trip and hopefully later we can do a longer guided trip there. But we just want to go check it out.

So, can we access Dolan Falls without a kayak? I mean without trespassing.

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1 hour ago, Patricio Swayze said:

Hey river dudes, I have some questions I figure some of y’all might be able to help with. My brothers and I want to take our dad to the Devils River. This will just be a quick trip and hopefully later we can do a longer guided trip there. But we just want to go check it out.

So, can we access Dolan Falls without a kayak? I mean without trespassing.

No, not that I know of. You can do Devils SNA for day use, but it is a mile hike to the river, that you have to haul all your gear each way, then it is a paddle down and upriver.

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No, not that I know of. You can do Devils SNA for day use, but it is a mile hike to the river, that you have to haul all your gear each way, then it is a paddle down and upriver.

Well that’s a bummer.

So for SNA, you park up there and hike to Blue Spring on the river? That isn’t far from Dolan Falls at all.

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Well,@baboso and I took our bitches out on the Etowah River in North Georgia. Things got a little western in the first 200 yards. The shoe fell apart during my wreck. Tried to get cute and was lazy. I lost. My wife wasn't paying attention and got out into the current while we were getting my boat out from under the log and she took a trip under it, upside down. I ended up walking my boat upstream and 200 yards. Paddle and console going downstream.

I had put a 15 foot rope on the front of all of my kayaks a few years ago. I generally use them to pull my wife off of rocks and logs when she gets stuck, but it makes dragging a boat upstream a HELL of a lot easier. If you don't have one, do it tomorrow. Also used it to drag our other two boats around the tree.

Knees and shins got cut to shit in the wreck and legs, arms and hands cut to shit by thorny vines, walking back up the river. Oh....poison ivy aplenty. About $50 damages to two of my boats and lost my new prescription sunglasses, gaiter and boonie hat. I had a bit of a battle getting out from under the kayak, under water facing the current and wedged under the log.

Lots of exercise on Saturday.

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Hey river dudes, I have some questions I figure some of y’all might be able to help with. My brothers and I want to take our dad to the Devils River. This will just be a quick trip and hopefully later we can do a longer guided trip there. But we just want to go check it out.

So, can we access Dolan Falls without a kayak? I mean without trespassing.

There is no such thing as a quick or easy trip to the Devil's River. I think you're better off researching outfitters and planning a real trip. That river is one of the most beautiful things in Texas, so it's well worth the effort

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Things got a little western with hulla on Saturday, no doubt.  A fair sized oak had gotten undercut and fell all the way across the river.  About 8 inches or so of the tree was above water and the rest underneath.  The river was up and flowing fast.  Spectacular trainwreck from hulla first, with kayak getting wedged and held under the tree by current.  Big group behind us pitched in and got him and his boat out from under the tree and to the far bank.  Then Mrs. hulla decided to paddle from the far bank over to where the rest of us were portaging kayaks through the treetop on the other bank.  She ended up broadside to the current and met the tree also.  Her yak is swamped and stuck under the tree and she is clinging to an older downed tree about 20 yards downstream.  Wade out into the middle of the river and throw her a rope and drag her back over while the group of river hippies tie a rope to the rear handle on her kayak (all that you can see of it, rest is under water under the tree) and manage to pull it out.  Lessons I learned - don't tie your paddle leash to the pop-on console or you will lose both console and your paddle.  Dragging your boat through a bunch of limbs is less painful than almost drowning.  Keep your sunglasses croakie pulled down tight.

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Hit the Upper Iowa again today. Farther upstream

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Odessa Springs. Largest by volume in Minnesota.

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Baboso and I loaded up our bitches and boats for some yurt life in NW GA and a 12 mile paddle on the TN River thru Chattanooga.0b38bc8ab54565fa97d79957d1f5b492.jpgf991e62e43b936beb3622c0a335087ff.jpg4512d0ef69e7dea9483a580586aa1406.jpg-

 

 

 

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That is likely to be my one and only float on the Tennessee River.  It's wide and slow, lots of paddling, and lots of wakeboat, cigarette boat, bass boat traffic.  Damn near like ocean paddling with all the swells from boat wakes.

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