Dallas Downriver Club

Colorado River Overnight Trip

Date: June 27-28, 2015 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Colorado River Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson
Reach: FM 969 to Fisherman's Park, Bastrop, TX  (approx 12 mi) Phone: 972-979-2519
Difficulty: Some whitewater – Class I  (see difficulty below)

E-mail: Bryan Jackson (paddlinpals@yahoo.com)

Rendezvous: FM 969 Bridge Saturday Morning at 9am. Required Skills: Basic  flatwater paddling and camping experience
Backup Plan: This is the backup plan!

Confirmation Deadline: June 18, 2015


If you want to find out if canoe camping is for you, this is the perfect trip.  The paddle itself is short, we will camp on an island in the river that has a great place to swim and hang out and enjoy the day. Sunday morning, we pack up and paddle out.


Trip Description:
We will meet at the FM 969 bridge , north of Bastrop, TX at 9am Saturday morning. We will run a shuttle and be on the water by 10am. We will camp on an island Saturday night.

Gear requirements:
Bring boats (just about any seaworthy craft will do for this trip), PFD's (lifejackets), paddles (a spare is recommended), a whistle or other signaling device, throw bag, etc. 


Bring your own meals, and bring something for the Saturday night potluck dinner. We encourage Dutch over cooking and most people will enjoy the variety of meals cooked in a Dutch oven.  

Back-up Plans:
We will either cancel or change to the trip to another river due to foul weather or high water.

Driving Directions: 

 Take  IH 35 South to Austin to Rt 130 / 45 bypass around Austin. Take Webberville Rd (FM 969). Continue East to Webberville and follow to bridge over Colorado River. River access road is on your left before you pass over the bridge.


IH 35 South to Austin to Rt 71 East toward Bastrop. TX 71 and TX 21 merge right outside of Bastrop and approximately 6 miles past that, you will turn left on FM 969. Follow to the river, crossing the bridge and the river access road will be on your right.


Take  IH 35 South to Austin to Rt 183 Southeast to E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd going East. E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. turns into Webberville Rd (FM 969). continue East to Webberville and follow to bridge over Colorado River. River access road is on your left before you pass over the bridge.



Colorado River FM 969 to Bastrop

* 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 June 10, 2015