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Texas whitewater, Sabinal

Uvalde county, Utopia to FM 187 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     8 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Texas and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. This stretch of Sabinal in Texas is 8 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a pretty small number of paddling places. This section is long enough to enjoy a good non stop paddle, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Getting your paddling muscles activated
    and a chance to spend some time outdoors have a lot of people coming here. If you're coming from Uvalde it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so
you won’t get lost. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in this state tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so don't forget that a lot of the rivers in this state are suitable for beginners. There's camping available near Sabinal. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Utopia to FM 187 section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Places like Garner State Park are magnificent to
explore; a delightful spot nearby is Darbs Hollow. Hiking is a popular thing to do around Sabinal; Garner State Park Trail is a great local trail. There are plenty of people from Utopia here at Sabinal. The amount of rain that falls at Sabinal is close to the national average. The month of October is the wettest with most of the rain while December is frequently the driest month. High temperatures at Sabinal during the warm months are in the 90's while night lows are commonly in the 60's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 50's, and through the dark hours in the wintertime at Sabinal temperatures dip to the 20's.

Sabinal, Utopia to FM 187 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Sabinal.
 Whitewater Near Sabinal:
Sabinal, Uvalde County, 3 miles away
      Class II - 8 miles long (Utopia to FM 187)
Frio River, Uvalde County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 12 miles long (Garner State Park to Concan)
Dry Frio River, Uvalde County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 12 miles long (US 83 to FM 2690)
Hondo Creek, Medina County, 20 miles away
      Class II+ - 12 miles long (2nd FM 462 crossing to Kings Water Hole)
Medina River, Bandera County, 25 miles away
      Class II - 27 miles long (Medina to Bandera Falls)
 Hotels Near Sabinal:
Frio Springs Lodges, Leakey , 19 miles away
Hampton Inn Uvalde TX, Uvalde , 26 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites UVALDE, Uvalde , 26 miles away
Days Inn Uvalde, Uvalde , 27 miles away
Inn Of Uvalde, Uvalde , 27 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Sabinal:
Good Shepherd Campground, Utopia, 3 miles away
Paradise Ranch Campground, Utopia, 3 miles away
Sabinal Canyon Campland, Vanderpool, 11 miles away
 Trails Near Sabinal:
Garner State Park Trail, Uvalde , 15 miles away
Lost Maples State Natural Area Trails, Bandera , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near Sabinal:
Garner State Park, Texas , 15 miles away
Lost Maples State Natural Area, Texas , 16 miles away
Kerrville-Schreiner State Park, Texas , 39 miles away

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