Dallas Downriver Club


Lower Mountain Fork, near Broken Bow, OK

Date: July 18-20 , 2014 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Lower Mountain Fork near Broken Bow OK. Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: will depend on flow Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: Whitewater Class I to III depending on flow * (See scale below) E-mail: paddlinpals@yahoo.com
Rendezvous: Mt Fork Park (Reregulation Dam) Required Skills: Moving water/Whitewater experience, proper protective gear, base camping
Campground: Beaver's Bend SP

Trip Description: 

What exactly we are going to do on this trip is dependent on power generation at Broken Bow dam. Provided we get a release, we will meet at the ReRegulation Dam in Mt Fork Park at 4:00 pm. We can set up a shuttle and we should be able to get a run or two down through the Presbyterian Falls area before dark. 

Immediately after, we will move over to the primitive camp area at Beaver's Bend SP to camp for Friday and Saturday night.

Saturday, we will paddle another section of either the Upper or Lower Mountain Fork depending on flow, as well as maybe another little section before heading home on Sunday morning. 

Lets keep the food simple, no pot luck on this trip. make sure you bring lunch stuff as we will likely be on the river for lunch Saturday. 


Easiest from Dallas is to take I-30 east to US 259 N. Follow US 259 to Broken Bow. 

To get to Mt Fork Park, turn right on US 70 in Broken Bow. Follow to the last left before crossing the river, which will be Mt Fork park Rd. Follow to the end. 

Beavers Bend SP.. Follow straight on 259 north out of Broken Bow (if you are coming back from the river you would take 70 back to town, the turn right on 259). Follow to US 259A and the signs for Beavers Bend Park. Keep bearing to your left as you go through the park to find the Primitive camp areas. 

* 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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