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Devils River State Natural Area
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Devils River State Natural Area Information:
This 19,988 acre state natural area is located approximately 40 miles north of Del Rio on the Devil’s River. The original acres were officially acquired in May 1988. 447.73 of these acres are held in a trust. These original acres are now called the Del Norte Unit. In 2010, TPWD purchased the approximately 18,000 acre Devils River Ranch which will be a part of the Devils River SNA Complex, and is now named the Dan A. Hughes Unit. This ranch overlooks the spot where the Devils River enters Lake Amistad. The original SNA habitat is mostly grasslands. 80% of the river’s water comes from springs. The water is clear and unpolluted. Stream flows vary, and can include turbulent rapids, wild shallow areas, deep pools, or dry riverbed. The river is located 1.5 miles from the park entrance. River access is via hiking or biking only. SNA activities include birding, fishing, primitive camping, swimming, pictograph tours, and mountain biking and hiking. The park is a put-in point for those who receive permission from the park concessionaire, but take-outs are not permitted, except at Mile 29 Camp with permission obtained by a TPWD approved outfitter. Dolan Falls is formed within the SNA at the conjunction of Dolan Creek and the Devils River. The falls are inaccessible from the SNA. Access to them is through paddling the Devil’s River or through the Nature Conservancy of Texas. Dolan Falls are located approximately 16.4 miles downriver from Baker’s Crossing. Ten species of wrens are found in North America and nine of the species are found in Texas including the winter, sedge, house, marsh, Carolina, Bewick’s, rock, canyon and the cactus wrens. All but the sedge wren nest in Texas. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, eight of the nine Texas species may be viewed in one day at Neal’s Lodges and at the Devils River State Natural Area. Camping is by reservation only. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. SNA camping fees apply. Access to the SNA is free. Lake Amistad is located approximately 32 miles downriver from the SNA. From Del Rio: Take U.S. 277 North to Loma Alta, then 3 more miles north to Dolan Creek Road. Go left on Dolan Creek Road, and drive 22 miles to the park entrance.  Devils River SNA North Use Area Facilities Map
 
Dolan Creek:
The creek rises from springs located three miles west of U.S. 277 is northeastern Val Verde County, and flows southwest for 35 miles to its mouth on the Devils River in the Devils River SNA. Dolan Falls is formed at the junction of the creek and river. The creek flows through a rugged limestone lined valley, and is named in honor of Texas Ranger Captain Pat Dolan. Captain Dolan and Captain Neal Coldwell were instrumental in driving the outlaws from the canyons area in the 1870s.
 
Devil's River:
This intermittent stream rises in southwestern Sutton County, west of Eldorado, Texas. It flows southwest for 94 miles, passing through Sonora and east of Comstock to its mouth on the northeastern shore of the Amistad Reservoir in southern Val Verde County. The river has 32 tributaries including Dolan Creek where Dolan Falls is formed, Dark Canyon, Dead Man’s Creek, Satan Creek and others. 80% of the river’s crystal clear and unpolluted waters is provided by springs. For River flow information at Baker’s Crossing click here. For River flow at Pafford Crossing near Comstock, Texas, click hereSouthwest Paddlers Paddling Information 
 
Dolan Falls Preserve, 4,800 Acres:
Dolan Falls is formed at the conjunction of Dolan Creek and the Devils River. Both the river and creek are spring fed. The river is lined with steep cliffs dotted with scrub juniper and mesquite, and stands of oaks and sycamore. The river and springs are home to rare salamanders and fish. Rare and endangered plant species such as the Texas snowbell and Mexican white oak are found on the preserve. The preserve is an important migration path for migrating birds and monarch butterflies, including the endangered black-capped vireo. Nesting pairs return to the preserve each spring. The Preserve is not open to the public. Access to Dolan Falls is only available through the Nature Conservancy of Texas or by paddling the Devils River. The Dolan Falls are a 10 foot Class IV waterfall, and are located approximately 16.4 miles downriver from Baker’s Crossing. Contact the Devil’s River SNA Office for more information. (830) 395-2133. The preserve and SNA are located near Loma Alta, mid-way between Del Rio and Sonora.
 
Directions:
From Del Rio: Take SH 277 North to Loma Alta, then 3 more miles north to Dolan Creek Road. Go left on Dolan Creek Road, and drive 22 miles to the park entrance.