Dallas Downriver Club


Date: March 10, 2012


Sponsor: DDRC

River: Elm Fork of the Trinity River / Denton Creek


Trip Leader: Dale Harris

Reach: McInnish Park 


Phone: 972-814-2633

Difficulty: Flatwater - no rapids * (See scale below)


E-mail: dale_harris@sbcglobal.net

Rendezvous: At Boat Ramp in McInnish Park 10am





Urban Paddle and potluck adventure

Trip Description:

This particular outing is a canoeing, kayaking picnic on “Hidden Lake” just off of Denton Creek near McInnish Park in Carrollton. We plan on meeting at McInnish park around 10am and be prepared to be on the water by 10:15. March is typically a good time of year for Hidden Lake in that the brush and weeds are low making it easy to have a picnic.

We will paddle up to Denton Creek and up into Hidden Lake and paddle around the lake.  This is a leisure paddle just to have fun and get out on the water.  Please bring a picnic lunch, picnic blanket, folding chairs, and maybe a fishing pole. Also you will need water, sunscreen, maybe rain gear after all spring is just around the corner.

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 cool, cold, wet and dry conditions, camp chair, plate(s), flatware, drinking cup, 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.


Bring a picnic lunch - some of us share as in a pot luck but it is up to each individual if they want to participate in the pot luck. It is no big deal either way.  

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 – go north to sandy Lake Rd.

·         Go West on Sandy Lake to McInnish Park on the left

·         Turn into Mcinnish Park and make an immediate right – follow the road around to the parking lot for the boat ramp.  

From Plano, Richardson Denton

      ·    Go to the I35E and I190 (George Bush) interchange

·         Go South on the I190 (George Bush) get to Sandy Lake Rd. ~ 1mile

·         Go West on Sandy Lake to McInnish Park on the left

·         Turn into Mcinnish Park and make an immediate right – follow the road around to the parking lot for the boat ramp.  


* 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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