Devils River State Natural Area, Texas [Official]


>>THIS COUNTRY TAKES CARE OF ITSELF. IT’S NOT SETTLED ‘CAUSE THEY COULDN’T SETTLE IT. RENAMED IT THE DEVIL’S RIVER ‘CAUSE IT WAS SO ROUGH. [music] WHAT’S PRESERVED THIS COUNTRY IS THAT IT’S HARD TO GET TO. IT’S BEEN HARD TO GET TO FOREVER. 76 MILES FROM SONORA AND 76 MILES FROM DEL RIO. BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THE RIVER YOU’VE GONE 30 MILES OF DIRT ROAD. THE LAST MILE AND A HALF IS A HIKE. BY THE TIME YOU GET THERE, YOU REALIZE YOU’RE IN AN OASIS. [flowing water] IT’S COOL. SPRINGS ARE DOWN THERE. IT’S A BEAUTIFUL SWIMMING HOLE. [splash] [music] THERE IS NO WATER AS CLEAN AS THIS. I DON’T KNOW OF ANY RIVER THAT COMES CLOSE TO BEING LIKE THIS. IT’S THE CLEANEST WATER IN TEXAS. WHEN THEY MEASURE THE CLARITY OF WATER, THEY BASE IT OFF OF OUR WATER IN THE DEVIL’S RIVER. [music] [rushing water]>>THE NATURE CONSERVANCY MOVED INTO THIS AREA TO TRY TO KEEP THE RIVER IN ITS PRISTINE STATE AND OFFER SOME PROTECTION THROUGH OUR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS AND THROUGH THE PRESERVE HERE AT DOLAN FALLS. DOLAN FALLS PRESERVE IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, BUT THE ADJACENT DEVIL’S RIVER STATE NATURAL AREA IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC YEAR-ROUND. [paddling] CANOEING AND KAYAKING THE DEVIL’S IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO ENJOY THE RIVER AND SEE THE RIVER, HOWEVER, MOST OF THE RIVER IS PRIVATELY OWNED, AND PEOPLE NEED TO BE CAREFUL AND THEY NEED TO REALLY PLAN AHEAD AND CONSIDER THAT.>>THE ONLY PUBLIC ACCESS POINT ON THE DEVIL’S RIVER IS THE DEVIL’S RIVER STATE NATURAL AREA, AND THAT’S BY RESERVATION ONLY. [tent zipper] CAMPSITES ARE PRIMITIVE SITES, AND THEY’RE ALL BY THEMSELVES. YOU WON’T HEAR OR SEE ANYONE WHEN YOU’RE OUT HERE. [fly casting]>>THE FISHING IS EXCELLENT ON THE DEVIL’S RIVER. BASS PREDOMINANTLY, BUT THERE’S CATFISH AND OTHER SPECIES AS WELL. [music]>>I LOVE THE WATER BUT YOU KNOW I GO OUT AND LOOK UP THESE CANYONS AND GO HIKING AND GO PATROL UP THERE AND I FIND NEW LITTLE SECRETS ABOUT THE PLACE ALL THE TIME. [truck door slam] I GREW UP AS A KID DOWN ON THAT RIVER. MY FAMILY’S FROM HERE. SO I HAVE A PRETTY SPECIAL CONNECTION TO THIS PLACE. IT’S WORTH COMING. PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THIS. [music]>>IT’S TRULY A WILD PLACE THAT HAS HAD VERY LITTLE HUMAN DISTURBANCE, AND THAT’S THE THING THAT REALLY MAKES IT A UNIQUE PLACE TO VISIT. [music]>>IT’S JUST A BEAUTIFUL PLACE. [music]

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