Devil’s River

The Devil’s River:  A Trip With Mom, Dad or Both!

Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 2019

A Ministry of Christ Church Outdoors

The Devil’s River is one of the most beautiful and unique natural areas in Texas— a clear flowing, spring-fed river in the middle of the West Texas desert, perfect for fishing, floating, swimming and sunning.  This is a chance for mom or dad, or both, to take their son, daughter, or children, on a truly memorable adventure in God’s creation.  The river and the scenery are beautiful.  The fishing is excellent.  The opportunity to reconnect with God through His creation is boundless.

We will stay at a private hunting and fishing lease with river frontage.  We will sleep in clean, comfortable, air-conditioned trailers, with kitchens, bathrooms, showers, and separate sleeping areas for boys and girls.  Space is very limited, and we need to deploy sleeping space based on who wants to go, so you must sign-up no later than Sunday, September 1.  Sign-ups will be handled on a first-come/first-served basis, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone.

We will have fun and fellowship together, create family memories, and experience a spiritual component with morning and evening prayer, focusing on the wonder of God’s creation and how he speaks to us through it.  


  1. This is an undeveloped wilderness area with free-flowing water, so a parent must attend with their child or children.  Each parent will be personally responsible for their child.  Children may not attend without a parent.  Children must be able to swim.  We will of course help each other out, but chaperones will not be provided. 
  2. Transportation to and from the site will be by personal vehicle or individually-arranged carpool.  Individual vehicles will be used for the quick transport between camp and the river.  Four wheel drive is not required, but SUVs or trucks are preferable.
  3. Flotation & fishing:  Each adult and child must bring their own personal flotation device (life jacket, raft, floatie).  Kayaks, canoes or fishing craft are welcome, but each person must have their own personal flotation device.  For fishing, each adult and child must have their own fishing license and tackle.
  4. Sleeping arrangements:  Depending on sign-ups, bunk bed space will be allotted to adults and perhaps some kids, with the rest of the group enjoying slumber party-style sleeping.  Each person should be prepared to bring their own sleeping bag, pad and pillow, just in case.

The weekend

Fri Sept 13:  Depart Midland individually or convoy to check in and enjoy an afternoon float & swim before dinner.   Departure and arrival times, directions, etc., will be provided.  Working parents should plan to take most or all of the day off.

Sat Sept 14:  Swimming, floating, fishing.  Depending on conditions, a bonfire, s’mores or wild hog hunt may occur in the evening.

Sun Sept 15:  More swimming, floating, fishing if desired.  Help clean up.  Depart before lunch time.

Think about bringing

Cooler with ice, sunscreen, insect repellant, cap, towel, snorkel, flippers, old sneakers or river shoes for use in the water, sweatshirt or sweater for evening, any medications needed, personal first aid kit, any special snacks.

Cost & meals

$30 per person includes dinner Friday; breakfast, lunch, dinner Saturday; breakfast Sunday; basic snacks and drinks.  Meals will be simple and kid-friendly (hot dogs, sandwiches, fruit, etc.).   Parents are invited to bring special snacks for the group (cookies, brownies, etc.).  If a child has a food allergy, the parent must provide for their meals.

More Info & Register

For more info:  email Lee Robbins at

To register:  Bring registration form and $30 payment to church office by Sunday, September 1. The registration form can be found here.