Originally Posted by cayo 2
Paddle like hell,
Aren 't they making s park somewhere near Fayetteville too, and expanding Malvern? How is the Guadeloupe at higher flows /less drunken tubers? Ever get on Grape, Pedrenales, or Crabappple? Seems there is good stuff that runs periodically all.over the place...just hard to catch...duh
I haven't heard about a park in Fayetteville but that's be awesome news, great boating community there. Good friend of mine was living there but he's moved on to greener pastures (Idaho). By Malvern I assume you mean Rockport (Malvern is the closest town). There is talk to improving it but I don't know if they've actually moved on anything. Arkansas boaters are a hardcore group so I wouldn't be surprised if a few of them took it upon them selves to improve it.
The Guad. at full release (5k) is awesome but it hasn't happened since 2008. Anything over 1k is fun and tubers get scared away.
We got some real gems but they only run once or twice a year if we're lucky. Pedernales is my favorite run in the state with over 20 miles of class III big water play and a one Class IV/V section. If it ran at an annual avg. of 20k I would be running a raft company on it's banks for sure. Here's a pic:
My avatar is from Onion Creek, my local run just south of Austin.
Never been on Grape (super hard to catch) and crabapple has some legal issues to overcome but I hope to run it very soon (if it ever rains). Other great flood runs in Central Texas include Barton Creek, Mexican Creek, and Blanco River Narrows.
But it's obviously not all that great or I wouldn't spend our time lurking around a Rocky Mountain Paddle forum.
Chappellco, you're right about the 8 hour deal. Unless there's a huge storm you should just book it back to Co. as much as you can.