Dallas Downriver Club

News Years Trip

Colorado River, TX

Date: January 1- 3, 2015 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Colorado River , TX Trip Leader: Earl Atnip
Reach: Webberville to Bastrop, TX (~30 miles) Phone: 972-882-0952
Difficulty: Class I depending on water flow *(see scale below) e mail e-atnip@ti.com
Rendezvous: Little Webberville Park, Webberville, TX, 8AM

Required Skills: Moving water / a few Class I rapids

Backup Plan: Illinois River in Oklahoma

Confirmation Deadline:


Trip Description:

This is a leisurely trip along the slow moving Colorado River from Little Webberville Park to Bastrop, about 30 miles.  This time of year you can expect to see some bald eagles on along the river and perhaps some other wildlife.  We will spend Friday and Saturday nights camped out on islands along the river.  During this time of year we can have an extreme range of temps from below freezing to 80 degree days so watch the forecast and prepare accordingly.  Please make sure you can carry all of your gear in your boat.  Getting to the ramp and then finding you do not have room for all your gear is poor preparation.  Asking someone else to carry your gear due to your poor preparation is not cool. 
I will bring my toilet system and tent.
The paddle for both Friday and Saturday is about 10-12 miles/day with Sundays paddle only 6 miles.   You need to be at the ramp by 8am.   We will plan to run our shuttle by 9am and on the water by 10am.  It is about a 3-4 hr. drive from Dallas.
We are running a shuttle so please be there on time – 8am.  If you miss the shuttle, you will need to make your own shuttle arrangements.
THIS TRIP GOES RAIN OR SHINE. We will only cancel if the river conditions are unsafe.  Please be prepared for cooler air and water temperatures.  Bring the appropriate gear you need.
Colorado River Bastrop River Gauge: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08159200&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060
Bring your meals for dinners and lunch for Friday and Saturday and breakfast for Saturday and Sunday.   We can plan potluck if enough are interested.

Gear Requirements:

A canoe or kayak capable of carrying your camping, cooking, paddling gear.  Bring enough food & water for the duration of the trip.  Appropriate clothing for the comfort level you desire based on the forecast for the duration of the trip.


Directions: From Dallas
Take I35 south to Austin exit Hwy 183. 

Take Hwy183 east to FM969.  Go east on FM969 to Webberville.    As you come into Webberville you will turn right on Waters street.  This will curve around to Little Webberville Park.  Please do not mistake this for “Webberville Park” which is about 5 miles downstream.  Remember to put the “Little Webberville Park” in your Google search if you so choose.



* International Scale of River Difficulty

Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.

Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.

Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.

Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.

Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.

Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.


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