School is almost out, the Texas heat is on its way, and what better place to cool off with a spectacular view than the Texas Hill Country. With its beautiful hills, huge trees, cliffs of wonder, and the most scenic views in the state, it’s no wonder people flock to the rivers and lakes in this area. One of my favorite places to visit with my family is Camp Magers Crossing. Located in the ever so lovely Concan, Texas; the cool and consistent flow of the Frio River is a summertime favorite in Texas. The best part about the crossing is being able to park right at the river bank, there are restrooms available, and wherever you swim and relax in the water you have majestic views.
My family and I spent 4th of July weekend RVing at Magers Crossing this year. By leaving on an early Friday afternoon, we were able to get a good spot right by the river bank. If you plan on primitive camping at the crossing, keep in mind that the closer you are to the river, the rockier it is. If you are in an RV, you may want to stay at the back of the property where the grassy area is to have a smooth even set up. There are no hook-ups for an RV, so be sure to take your generator and water. What I loved most about camping by the river was catching the sunrise right over the hills. Being that I am an early bird, it felt like I had the river to myself a bit. My dad was even able to do a bit of fishing without dozens of swimmers and tubers near by.
Concan is a small unincorporated community in Uvalde County in the southwestern portion of the Hill Country of Texas. It sits along the Frio River close to Garner State Park and is a popular destination for summer vacationers. It is also well known for the excellent bird watching in the spring. There is also a Roy Bechtol designed 18-hole golf course open to the public called Concan Country Club or the Golf Club at Concan.
Camp Magers Crossing is located right in the heart of Frio Canyon at 2008 County Road 350, Concan, Texas 78838.The parking lot is $20 a day per car, and reservation spots are $40 a night. Reservations can be made by calling: (830) 591-6698. Be sure to follow their Facebook page to keep up with updates on the river, weather, parking conditions, and cool off this summer by visiting!
A little about the Frio River (Thanks Wikipedia!): The Frio River has three primary tributaries; 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 of Leakey; the Dry Frio River joins northeast of Uvalde. The river flows generally southeast for 200 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. The word frío is Spanish for cold, a clear reference to the spring-fed coolness of the river. The Frio River is mentioned in George Strait’s song “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”. George Strait grew up in Frio County.