Dallas Downriver Club

Cooper Lake State Park

Date: November 7-8 2015 Sponsor: DDRC
Lake : Cooper Lake Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: Around Doctor's Creek Area of Lake Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: FLATWATER E-mail: President@down-river.com
Rendezvous: Friday at Cooper Lake SP Doctor's Creek Unit Required Skills: Basic paddling Skills, proper protective gear, base camping
Campground: Cooper Lake SP  

Trip Description:

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit on November 7th. This is short notice but I thought many of you may be interested in a close trip before Thanksgiving. This trip does not have any specific events planned - just get out and relax and maybe catch the last of the leaves turning. You can come Friday night or Saturday morning. A couple of us already have reservations at park. When I checked a few days ago there were still plenty of campsites. So bring your camping gear, canoe or kayak, and your dutch oven and lets have some fun

For meals: Please plan on have Pot Luck on Saturday night – this will give everyone a chance to show off their Dutch oven cooking or grilling skills. NO GLASS OR FOAM POLYSTYRENE STYROFOAM CONTAINERS ON THER RIVER!

Please contact Dale Harris (972-814-2633), if you plan to come, so I can notify you of any change in plans.

Gear requirements:
Just about any seaworthy canoe or kayak craft will do for this trip. PFD's (life jackets), paddles (a spare is recommended), a whistle or other signaling device, throw bag, tent, ground pad, sleeping bag, clothing for hot, cold, wet and dry conditions, camp chair, headlamp, plate(s), flatware, drinking cup, personal toiletries and other items that you may want to have with you. Please consider a small cooler for drinks and lunches.


Directions from Dallas:

Take I-30 West to Rt 24 North, through Campbell, though Commerce, to Cooper, TX. In Cooper take Rt 154 East to FM1529. Go South on FM 1529 to Cooper Lake State Park.



* 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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