The most common and sought-after way to experience the Devils River is by float trip. Typically, anywhere from 25-30 miles are completed in four days and three nights. You will need to hire a shuttle service to provide drop off and pick up. Some popular shuttle services include Amistad Expeditions, Devils River Outfitters, and Dacate Expeditions. Most will have kayaks and canoes available for rent if you do not bring your own. Floating the Devils River is no joke; expect long days, lots of paddling, and camping on the river bank each night. The float allows you to absorb all of the beauty and wildlife in the area. The chances of seeing another person are very slight. All food and water is to be packed in, and all waste must be packed out. It is an incredible escape and an awesome experience to have with friends and/or family.
On a recent trip we rented a bunkhouse from Devils River Outfitters, located in an area on the river referred to as Blue Sage. Three nights and two days of fishing, a bed to sleep in and a kitchen to cook all overlooking the river from a cliffside. Gerald Bailey, Devils River Outfitters owner, has kayaks and canoes for use which allowed us to paddle upriver and fish as much as we pleased. A southern wind and a slight river flow allowed for a good pace while fishing.