The Last Wild River

devilsroad-11.jpgPerhaps the the toughest part of the Last Wild River project is just getting there. With the help of expert guide Kevin Stubbs I’m able to get access to the river and Kevin’s base camp after spending 1.5 hours bouncing over some really rough pig trails in low range four wheel drive. Yep, 1.5 hours doesn’t sound like a really long time but the drive across the ranch is only five miles so that’s pretty much a snails pace. I remember thinking, a couple of times, damn I could walk faster than this. But it’s an incredible river system and worth every minute of the seat ripping, bone jarring, teeth clenching ride. The water is crystal clear, the deep pools are emerald green and remind me of the Bahamas. I can count the pebbles on the bottom at 15 feet ! The fish are BIG, healthy and plentiful and the scenery is just amazing. Wild goats roam this land and can often be seen teetering on the jagged cliff ledges above the river. It’s remote and rough, not a place for those who spend the majority of their time behind a desk. If one gets seriously injured on the Devils there’s a good chance they won’t make it out. Due to the river being surrounded by private property, access is almost impossible even though the Devils is navigable and public. Property owners are none too keen about seeing adventurers on “their” river and will go out of their way to let you know how they feel.  The river can be floated but there’s a good amount of respect that needs to be given, both to the river and to the property owners that surround the river. It’s best done with an experienced guide such as Kevin Stubbs. Check back occasionally and watch the Green Dog web site for a trailer. Steve