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The Frio River

Real and Uvalde Counties, Texas

Bob and Clara in the Frio River
Bob and Clara in the Frio River
Frio River up stream of the state park
Frio River up stream of the state park
Frio River; State Park swimming area
Frio River; State Park swimming area

"The Frio River has three primary feeds; the East, West, and Dry Frio rivers. The West Frio River rises from springs in northeastern Real County and joins with the East Frio River near the town ofMap Link Leakey; the Dry Frio River joins northeast of Uvalde. The river flows generally southeast for two hundred miles until it empties into the Nueces River south of the town of Three Rivers. Along the way, the Frio River provides water to the Choke Canyon Reservoir in McMullen and Live Oak counties."

That explains where it is but it doesn't tell you what it really is.  The Frio River is a one of a kind recreational river for the whole more photosfamily.  It is great for tubing, swimming, camping and "Dancing". It is out in the middle of nowhere, most cell phones don't work and it is not near a Wal-Mart or McDonalds. Those are just a few of the good parts. 

There are campgrounds and cabins all around Concan and Leakey, Texas.  Garner State park in right in the middle.

FYI:  The last time as was at Garner State Park (August 2011) the only cell phone service that worked was AT&T.

I also had to get an Internet fix.  Not a problem  The public library in Leakey, Texas has Wi-Fi that I used successfully from their parking lot.  They were closed at the time.

Resources:

  Frio River current conditions at Concan, TX   - Click Here

Flow
Cubic Feet per Second
River Level Recreational Condition
15 to 20 Below Normal
< 3.5 feet
Float / walk / float / walk
25  to 150 3.75 feet -- Normal Leisure tubing
150 to 500 10 feet Fun tubing
500 to 750 12 feet Great tubing for GOOD swimmers
1000 12 to 13 feet Great tubing for the brave.  Not for children.  Wear personal floatation device
3000 > 13 feet Sit on the bank and enjoy the water show.  Low water crossing may be closed.
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