Recreation & Access
Launching at Rio Grande Village is routine for Boquillas paddling trips. Always tie up your boats overnight because you just never know when a pulse flow from upstream rains might come. But more likely, extremely high winds can blow away boats and tents. It happens!
|Minimum Flow||200 cfs|
|Ideal Flow||300 – 2,000 cfs|
|Maximum Flow||5,000 cfs|
|Current River Conditions||USGS Rio Grande Village|
|Put-in map||Rio Grande Village|
|Take-out map||Heath Canyon|
|Boats||Canoes, Kayaks, Rafts|
|Season||Year-round, weather/flow permitting|
|Highlight||Big canyons, easy paddling, good camping|
|Distances to |
Rio Grande Village
|Dallas 630 miles; Houston 650 miles; Austin 485 miles; El Paso 350 miles|
Conservation & Threats
Bacterial infections are easy to contract. Use soap and clean water, especially with open sores on hands or feet. Development encroachment, water pollution. Invasive Giant reed (Arundo donax) and Tamarisk or salt cedar are ubiquitous along the river banks.
Conflict with Mexico continued when the United States annexed Texas as a state in 1845. Mexico claimed that the new border between Texas and Mexico was the Nueces River, while the United States contested the border was the Rio Grande. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, that brought an official end to the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), was signed on February 2, 1848, at Guadalupe Hidalgo, where the Mexican government had fled with the advance of U.S. forces. By its terms, Mexico ceded 55 percent of its territory, including parts of present-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, to the United States. Mexico relinquished all claims to Texas, and recognized the Rio Grande as the southern boundary with the United States. The United States paid Mexico $15,000,000 “in consideration of the extension acquired by the boundaries of the United States” (see Article XII of the treaty) and agreed to pay American citizens debts owed to them by the Mexican government. The treaty gave rise to development of the IBWC International Boundary and Water Commission which governs all concerns of flow and sharing of the boundary waters of the Rio Grande and other boundary waters of New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Boquillas is the singularly most massive of all the Big Bend canyons. It is best paddled over 3-4 days with a layover day built in.
- Big Bend National Park, TX 79834 / (432) 477-2251
- Chart – RGWS River Mileages Presidio to Langtry 318 Miles.PDF
- NPS: Big Bend Home Page
- NPS: Big Bend Daily Report
- NPS: Floating the Rio Grande NPS Page
- Far Flung Outdoor Center, Terlingua
- Desert Sports, Terlingua
- Big Bend River Tours, Terlingua
- Angell Expeditions
- Death In Big Bend, Real stories of death and rescue by Laurence Parent