Dallas Downriver Club

Urban Paddle

Date: November 16th, 2014 Time 12 noon Sponsor: DDRC
River:Elm Fork of the Trinity River Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: McInnish Park to IH 35E and back ~ 6 miles Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: Flat water / easy / this trip is good for beginners

E-mail: president@down-river.com

Rendezvous: McInnish Park Required Skills: Basic winter flatwater paddling
Backup Plan: There are no backup plans in case of foul weather or high water

River Gauge for this run: Trinity 0855500

Trip Description:

Meet at McInnish Park on November 16th at 12 noon. We will have a picnic lunch and get on the water by 1pm for a beautiful Sunday afternoon paddle. We should see the change in the leaves this time of the year.  We will paddle upstream to the IH-35E Bridge and back ~ 6miles and about 3 hours of paddling.

Gear requirements:

Basic items; life jacket, canoe or kayak, water, lawn chairs, insect repellant, Picnic blanket or folding chair, and sunscreen. Also, consider bringing rain gear - November can have cold rain storms


Lunch will be a picnic – please bring your lunch. 

Back-up Plans: In case of foul weather or high water, we will reschedule this event.

Driving Directions: 

From I-35E or the George Bush; take the Sandy Lake exit and go west on Sandy Lake Rd.

Enter McInnish Park on your left; then make an immediate right and follow the road under the bridge to the parking lot. This part of McInnish Park has a boat launch making it easy to launch you canoe or kayak.

Start at McInnish and paddle to #

Google Earth Pin to McInnish

* 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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