You can float the Frio River. Many times folks ask...
can you float the Sabinal River?
The Sabinal River begins above Vanderpool near Lost Maples
Natural Area and slowly wanders
southward through the Sabinal Canyon, past Utopia on toward the
town of Sabinal. River flow depends on rain fall.
It is a great recreation area: Vacation accommodations, lodging,
cabin rental near: Garner State Park,
Concan/Frio River recreation area. The Sabinal River crosses
Highway 90 about 60 miles west of San Antonio.
FLOATING the SABINAL RIVER
"Can you float the Sabinal River?"
We hear this question often.
Taking canoes or
tubes down the Sabinal River is possible but not advisable. Most
property along the Sabinal is private property.
Maybe a short trip could be
planned from the Highway 187 North crossing to the Utopia city
park, but a longer trip to the one of the two bridges south of
Utopia on Highway 187 is a little risky.
If you put in at the
crossing of Highway 1050 west of Utopia and get out at the second
of the two bridges on Highway 187, it could 8 to 12 hours or more
depending on river flow and your individual determination and
dexterity. There here is a small waterfall one half mile south of
the 1050 bridge which could be dangerous if the river is up. The
riverfront is mostly private property. There would be no place to
get out of the river and walk back.
The water level fluctuates
with seasons and the amount of rainfall. If the river is low,
there may be long stretches where you walk over dry limestone
bedrock especially after the first bridge south on Highway
The river is mostly clear and
shaded by giant cypress. There are also live oak, pecan and
sycamore trees. Between the two Highway 187 bridges, you won’t
see many humans, however you should see wildlife depending on
time of day and season. There are several small waterfalls.
Land owners could be a
problem if you leave the river proper or litter along your trip.
Please pick up any trash and be kind if you encounter a land
owner. There is a possibility that our rivers will one day be
CLOSED because of some careless visitors that have not
been kind to land owners.
Be sure that you are
prepared if you attempt the trip: cell phone to call friends
to pick you up, flashlights in case it gets dark, first aid kit
ready for snake bit or chiggers, bug repellent, plenty of
drinking water, hats, comfortable shoes, sun screen and what
is the Southwestern entrance to the Texas Hill Country.