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Texas whitewater, Maravillas Creek

Brewster county, US 385 to Rio Grande section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS III-IV     33 miles
  The scenic beauty of Texas and the water flowing gracefully down Maravillas Creek are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you won't find a large number of other rivers. This river system has a few good paddling sections and the US 385 to Rio Grande section is one of them. Now this is a pretty long section, perfect for a real wilderness adventure.
    Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. This section of Maravillas Creek in Brewster County is 33 miles long and
has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class III-IV section. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so better not forget that many runs in this state are very easy.

Briefly about the general
 
area:
Near Maravillas Creek you stumble on the Black Gap WMA Trail which is a magnificent hiking trail, and going for a hike on the Dog Canyon Trail is always a good adventure. Not much rainfall falls here at Maravillas Creek. Of all the months in a year August is the one with the most rain, and March is the month with the least moisture. At Maravillas Creek through the summertime months highs are in the 90's with overnight lows in the 60's. The cold days of the wintertime come with highs in the 60's, and night lows at Maravillas Creek during the wintertime usually sink into the 30's.

Maravillas Creek, US 385 to Rio Grande road map
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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Maravillas Creek.
 Whitewater Near Maravillas Creek:
Maravillas Creek, Brewster County, 14 miles away
      Class III-IV - 33 miles long (US 385 to Rio Grande)
Rio Grande, Brewster Terrell County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 83.5 miles long (La Linda to Dryden Crossing)
Rio Grande, Brewster County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 23 miles long (Rio Grande Village to Stillwell Crossing)
 Campgrounds Near Maravillas Creek:
Big Bend National Park - Nine Point Draw, Big Bend National Park, 12 miles away
Big Bend National Park - McKinney Spring, Big Bend National Park, 17 miles away
Big Bend National Park - Roys Peak Vista, Big Bend National Park, 18 miles away
 Trails Near Maravillas Creek:
Black Gap WMA Trail, Brewster , 5 miles away
Dog Canyon Trail, Brewster , 10 miles away
Telephone Canyon Trail, Brewster , 16 miles away
Strawhouse - Telephone Canyon Trail, Brewster , 16 miles away
Telephone Canyon Trail, Brewster , 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Maravillas Creek:
Big Bend National Park, Big Bend National Park - TX , 26 miles away
Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, Big Bend National Park - TX , 26 miles away

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