Dallas Downriver Club

Urban Paddle

July 12th Moon Light Float

Date: July 12th , 2014 Time 5:30 PM

Sponsor: DDRC

River: Elm Fork Trinity

Trip Leader: Dale Harris

Reach: Mcinnish Park

Phone: 972-814-2633

Difficulty: Flat water / easy / this trip is good for beginners

E-mail: Dale Harris

Rendezvous: McInnish Park

Required Skills: Basic winter flat water paddling and camping experience

Backup Plan: We’ll cancel in case of high water

Confirmation Deadline: None

Trip Description:

Meet at McInnish Park at 5:30pm.  Please plan on being on the water by 6pm.  We’ll paddle up Denton Creek to Hidden Lake ~2 mi. We stop on Hidden Lake around 7:30 PM and have a picnic dinner. We’ll head back to McInnish Park around 8:30pm under a full moon. For this trip you will need a light on your boat that can be seen 360 degrees. 

Trinity River Kayaks will have rental boats available to those who need it. Contact Jeff Varnell for details 214-714-5051. 

Please bring a picnic dinner, lawn chair, something to drink.

Gear requirements:

Basic items; life jacket, canoe or kayak, water, sunscreen, lawn chairs, and light jacket for the evening.


Dinner will be a picnic on Hidden Lake.

Back-up Plans: In case of flooding this event will be cancelled. Be sure to check the DDRC WEB page and Meetup for any cancellations.

Driving Directions:  I-35E or President George Bush Toll Rd to Sandy Lake Road, go west on Sandy Lake Rd to McInnish Park on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

Any questions please contact

Dale Harris


* 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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