Dallas Downriver Club

Little River Overnight Trip

Date: June 12-14, 2015 Sponsor: DDRC
Purtis Creek State Park Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: Lake in Park Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: None

E-mail: President@down-river.com

Rendezvous: Purtis Creek SP  Friday 5pm Required Skills: Basic winter flatwater paddling and camping experience
Backup Plan: We will announce a backup plan based on weather conditions

Confirmation Deadline: 015None


Camping / paddling trip at Purtis Creek State Park. This a beautiful park about 1.5 hours from Dallas and is known for its fishing. I will be arriving Friday morning and staying until Sunday morning. Lets plan on having a pot luck dinner on Saturday night so bring those Dutch ovens and small grills and get creative. This is drive up camping (base camping) and will be ideal for those getting back into camping or those wanting to learn more about camping. Please make your own reservations with Parks Department. There is no start time schedule your own arrival time. When you arrive just check and see what site Im in. BTW, You do not need a fishing license at Purtis Creek State Park.


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. 

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

Driving Directions: 

From Dallas : Travel east on U.S. Highway 175 to Eustace, and then left (north) on FM 316 for 3.5 miles.



* 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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