Dallas Downriver Club

Date: August 9-11 2019 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Friday- Lady Bird Lake  Saturday- Colorado River Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: Friday - Joe's Crab Shack to Commerce St. Bridge and Back. Saturday TBD. Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: None  E-mail: FCO@down-river.com
Rendezvous: Friday 5:30pm at Joe's Crab Shack 600 E Riverside Dr Austin, TX.  Saturday. TBD Required Skills: Beginner, proper protective gear, base camping, Warning!!! Excessive Feasting likely 
Campground: McKinney Falls State Park  

Trip Description:

Friday evening, we meet at Joe's Crab on Riverside Drive at Lady Bird Lake and paddle up to the Commerce St bridge to see the millions and millions of bats emerge from their nests beneath the bridge and head out for their dinner. Sometimes this can be spectacular, sometimes not so much.  The real show is how may people show up and all the different modes of transport the arrive in. Plus its a great paddle on a beautiful stretch of lake. Make sure you bring your Moonlight Float running light as it will be dark when we go back to the put in.

Friday and Saturday night we camp at McKinney Falls State Park. I would make campsite reservations early as this park fills up fast.

Saturday, We will paddle the Colorado River from FM 973 to little Webberville Park 

Saturday evening, bring your cholesterol meds as "Open Fryer Night" will rear its head again. This time lets do it a bit differently, by using smaller pots on more stoves so we can cook more stuff faster, but the rules are the same. Bring anything you can fry in pieces that should cook in 5 minutes or less and something that you can put it on once its done (thats usually an issue, so bring a small cardboard box lined with paper towels). 


Easiest from Dallas is to take I-35 south and get off in Austin at the East Riverside Drive exit.  Turn Right and follow to Joes Crab Shack at 600 E. Riverside Drive

To McKinney Falls SP. Take 35 south to E William Cannon Dr. Turn left and follow to McKinney Falls Pkwy and turn left. Follow to Park.



* 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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