Dallas Downriver Club

Urban Paddle

Date: October 11th, 2014 Time 9am Sponsor: DDRC
River: Elm Fork Trinity of the Trinity River Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: Dimension Tract, Carrollton to California Crossing, Dallas ~ 8 miles Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: Flat water / easy / this trip is good for beginners

E-mail: Dale Harris

Rendezvous: Dimension Tract – 9am Required Skills: Basic winter flatwater paddling
Backup Plan: We’ll cancel in case of high water

Confirmation Deadline:

Trip Description:

Meet at Dimension Tract at 9am – Will run the shuttle at 9:15 on the water by 9:30am. This is an 8 mile paddle. We will paddle downstream to Birds Fort Trail Park in Irving and take a break for a picnic lunch. At Birds Fort Trail Park there is a large grassy area for lunch. After lunch we’ll finish the paddle down to California Crossing.  

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 October can have cold rain storms.


Lunch will be a picnic – please bring your lunch.

Back-up Plans: No backup plans

Driving Directions:  From I-35E or the George Bush go to Beltline Rd. Go west on Beltline Rd. to Westgate Dr on the south side of Beltline Rd. On Westgate Dr. turn southwest on to Elm Park Dr. Elm Park Dr, ends with a circular parking lot. This is Dimension Tract.



* 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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Last updated September 29, 2014