Dallas Downriver Club

Bachman Lake Park River Channel Cleanup

Date: July 8 2012 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Elm Fork of the Trinity at Bachman Lake Park (the old river channel) River Cleanup Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: Bachman Lake Park / Old Elm Fork Trinity River Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: Flatwater * (See scale below) E-mail: Dale Harris
Rendezvous: Parking lot just west of I-35 at Bachman Lake Park (the underpass from Harry Hines Blvd) Dallas TX at 7am Required Skills: Basic  flatwater paddling 
Campground: N/A Confirmation Deadline: ASAP

Trip Description:

This is a river clean-up of the old river channel just above Frasier Dam. Access to this part of the park and river channel is normally gated and closed.  The “Groundworks” department will have it open for this clean-up.

 This is a neat place to visit with lots of bird life. Unfortunately is has been used for illegal dumping which detracts from its beauty.

We meet at the west side of I-35 where the entrance ramp from Harry Hines Blvd. comes under I-35 going south. As soon as you pass under I-35 make an immediate right turn onto a gravel road. (Parking Lot)

Currently the channel is blocked with a log jam and floating trash. We need to clean-up the trash.  After that we’ll try to break up the log jam.  We need a couple of people who are handy with a chainsaw (while standing in the front of a canoe).

Bring tools for picking up trash (grabbers & nets). We will bag the trash and haul it to shore. After that we’ll try to break up the log jam.

Anybody interested in coming should contact dale_harris@sbcglobal.net via e-mail, or phone 972-814-2633 for information.

Gear Requirements:

Bring boats that are suitable for flatwater to minor Class I whitewater, PFD's (lifejackets), paddles (a spare is recommended), a whistle or other signalling device, throwbag, clothing for hot or cold, wet and dry conditions, and other items that you may want to have with you. A small cooler for drinks and lunches to be carried in your boat would be recommended.

Tools for picking up trash and a pruning saw for cutting away small limbs.



Back-up Plans:

If weather is not suitable for a trip, then it will be cancelled with no reschedule date.

Driving Directions:

From Dallas:

·    I35E – get off on Northwest Highway (Spur  348) going East. Go East to Harry Hines blvd. and go South.  South on Harry Hines Blvd for approximately ˝ mile and take the I-35 ramp. Go slow and as soon as you cross under I-35 turn right immediately onto a gravel road / parking lot.


From Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Denton

·    Go south on I35E - get off on Northwest Highway (Spur  348) going East. Go East to Harry Hines blvd. and go South.  South on Harry Hines Blvd for approximately ˝ mile and take the I-35 ramp. Go slow and as soon as you cross under I-35 turn right immediately onto a gravel road / parking lot.



* 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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