Dallas Downriver Club

Date: April 5th Sponsor: DDRC
River: Brazos Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: Tres Rios - most likely ... 67 Bridge to Tres Rios Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: Class I E-mail: paddlinpals@yahoo.com
Rendezvous: Tres Rios
Campground: day trip - does not apply

Trip Description:

The DDRC will once again have a few paddlers helping out with this clean up. If you are planning on attending or just need more information call or email Bryan Jackson. We head down in the morning, paddle and pick up trash that is fllowed by a provided lunch. We had back after that. Typically we are back in Dallas by 5 or earier.

11th Annual Brazos River Clean-up

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Meet at Tres Rios Campground at 9:00 A.M., near the confluence of Brazos River, Paluxy River and Squaw Creek

2322 County Road 312

Glen Rose, TX 76043 (Directions below)

  • Complimentary Ranch House BBQ dinner after clean-up (Noon-4 pm)
  • Free canoes and shuttles provided by Low Water Canoes and Rhodes Canoes
  • RV camping and cabins available at Tres Rios. Call Tres Rios for info (254-897-4253)

Contact: Ed Lowe
w-214-358-0612, cell-214-802-6811; ed@friendsofthebrazos.org



Warm Day
Nylon shorts or pants
T shirt
River shoes (no flip flops-they will come off in river muck)
Fleece jacket, windbreaker or sweater for morning, if chilly

Cold Day
Nylon or fleece pants (no cotton)
Inner layer (no cotton)
River shoes (no flip flops-they will come off in river muck)
Wool socks ( I prefer smart wool from REI) 
Fleece jacket, windbreaker or sweater (no cotton)
Wool and fleece continue to insulate (keep you warmer) even when soaked



From Dallas or 35 W South: Take hwy 67 West through or around Cleburne. Travel approximately 19 miles to the first red light (after crossing the Brazos River Hwy. 67 bridge). Turn left at light, go 200 yards. Turn left at stop sign onto County Road 312, cross over Squaw Creek bridge. Tres Rios is ½ mile on right.

From Ft Worth: Take hwy 377 South to Granbury, turn left onto Hwy. 144, south to Glen Rose. Go 15 miles until Hwy. 144 dead ends into Hwy. 67. Cross Hwy. 67, go 200 yards and turn left onto county road 312. Go ½ mile, Tres Rios is on the right

San Marcos River map

Google Earth Push Pins

Tres Rios - Meeting place

Probable River Clean Up Zone

Friends of the Brazos site

* 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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