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Old 04-02-2004   #1
 
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Boating in Texas

Anybody ever boated in Texas? I know there are only "hills" here, but I'd love to know if there are any playspots or whitewater to run in the state. Thanks

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A little ww, what part of TX will u be in??
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Dude, there's definitely ww in texas, that is, when it's flash flooding. Other than that, there is one pretty good playspot in san marcos called rio vista which gets real nice when the locals put their hole modification device in the river. Go to www.paddletexas.com if you really want to talk to people about texas paddling. Sorry to all the coloradans for filling your forum space with such trivial things as texass ww.
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A little ww, what part of TX will u be in??
I'll be in Abilene, so within a reasonable trip to Austin and the hill country. Someone told me you can paddle Barton's Creek in Austin. Thanks
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Dude, there's definitely ww in texas, that is, when it's flash flooding. Other than that, there is one pretty good playspot in san marcos called rio vista which gets real nice when the locals put their hole modification device in the river. Go to www.paddletexas.com if you really want to talk to people about texas paddling. Sorry to all the coloradans for filling your forum space with such trivial things as texass ww.
Thanks for the info, I'll check it out
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Pick up a copy of the guidebook "Texas Whitewater". Paddling in Texas can be a lot of fun if you catch it at the right times. 90% of the time, 95% of the runs are not running. With some good rain, there is actually better water than you might expect in the hill country.

Yes, Barton Creek is runnable at over about 125cfs, I think.
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Don't count on Barton creek. It is fun, both the lower section and upper section, but it runs so infrequently that I only paddled it about 4 times (and I was a dedicated boater living IN AUSTIN for 4 years). Runs on average 2 days a year, and if you are working, you miss it. The Lower Guadalupe in New Braunfels is a great class III with some nice play holes when it gets about 800 cfs and it isn't choked with toobers (winter is your only chance for this). Your best bet will be Longhorn Dam in Austin during the summer. It only runs in the evening for a few hours when they open the dam, and it is a GREAT play wave. Don't know of anything near Abiline. There is also some other stuff outside of SanAntonio when it floods, and the Pedernales and Llano rivers rock during flood stage (happens once every 2 or 3 years).

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there is good boating at tom miller damn, the guadalupe is good also. but rio vista is really good. loops ect.
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You just missed out on some great Texas runs... A little upper level low that stalls over the area and we have whitewater shooting out of our... creeks

The Guadalupe was pushing 5000 cfs. We had creeks blowing up from the Frio (south of San Antonio) to the San Gabriel (north of Austin).

Longhorn dam runs every day during the summer months starting around 5pm. It looks like it will be running in a couple of weeks since it's running 3000 now. At 4000 cfs it is a wave 6' tall and 25' long. I've seen 6 boaters getting off at the same time. Not bad if you don't mind the brown foam (bring nose plugs)

Boneboater... thanks for the plug www.paddletexas.com
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