Dallas Downriver Club

Village Creek

Date: October 9 through October 11, 2015 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Village Creek Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: Hwy 327 to Village Creek State Park Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: Beginner/Easy E-mail: president@down-river.com
Rendezvous: Hwy 327 bridge @ Village Ck. Saturday 10/10 at 9am Confirmation Deadline: Oct 1st or RSVP on Meetup
Campground: Village Creek State Park  

Trip Description:

Friday is a travel day so we’ll meet Village Creek State Park near Lumberton Friday evening. We will be base camping at the park. Be sure to make your reservation at the state park. Village Creek is a beautiful remote area with abundant wildlife. The creek is a sandy bottom creek winding through a heavily forested area.

The plan is to put in at Rt 327 at 9am and paddle down to Village Creek State Park ~ 12 miles. We’ll be camping at Village Creek State Park so the 12 mile trip should be easy since we’ll be traveling light.

For meals: Please plan on have Pot Luck on Friday and Saturday nights – this will give everyone a chance to show off their Dutch oven cooking or grilling skills. On Saturday we’ll be having lunch on the river. - NO GLASS OR FOAM POLYSTYRENE STYROFOAM CONTAINERS ON THER RIVER!

While in camp we’ll discuss a paddle for Sunday and those not wishing to paddle can try a little fishing, hiking, or just take their time and socialize, before heading home.

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.

We will be staying at a primitive camp. Bring everything you need for two nights including drinking water. 

This is cold weather camping – please bring warm water-resistant clothing. Avoid cotton clothing such as blue jeans.

Back-up Plans:
This will go on rain or shine and will only be cancelled or changed due to high water.

Driving Directions: 

Directions from Dallas:

Take I-45 south to Centerville. Go east on Hwy.7 to Crockett then south again on Hwy. 287 to Lumberton. Then Hwy 421 east to Hwy 96 north (1short block) to Mathews Lane east to Village Creek Rd (go north), to Tram Rd east, to Thomas Rd go north – turns into Alma Rd. Follow Alma to Park Rd 74.




* 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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