Dallas Downriver Club

Moonlight Float on South Prong Creek and Lake Waxahachie

Date: June 18, 2016

Sponsor: DDRC

River: Lake Waxahachie

Trip Leader: Bryan Jackson

Reach: Lake Waxahachie and South Prong Creek

Phone: 972-979-2519

Difficulty: Class I 

E-mail: paddlinpals@yahoo.com

Rendezvous: Spring Park, Lakeshore Drive Waxahachie


Campground: None


Trip Description:

The Brazos is a floodin', so we have to move the Moonlight Float. The new location will be Spring Park on Lake Waxahachie. Spring Park has restrooms, picnic tables and a boat launch.  We do not have so far to drive and no shuttle to run so lets plan on meeting at 6:30pm. We can have a nice picnic at the park, then launch for our evening paddle.   It's a nice way to spend a Saturday evening.Meals:

We will will have a picnic lunch on the river. Pot Lucks sometimes break out. We will coordinate closer in. 

Required Gear:

This is flat water anything that is seaworthy will do just fine as far as boats go.  PFD's, a white light to put on your boat at night,  cooler for your picnic and drinks and a chair and a headlight as it will be very dark when we take out.


·         From Dallas  Via I-35E

Follow I-35 S to Exit 399 A. Follow service road and take the next LEFT on Rogers St. 

Follow Rogers St to Howard St and turn RIGHT.

Follow Howard St to Old Italy Rd and turn RIGHT.

 Follow Old Italy Rd to Lakeshore Dr and the park.

From Ft. Worth take US 287 South East to I 35E South at Waxahachie. Go south on I 35 to exit 399 A, then follow the above Directions.



Eleven Point Trip map


We will cancel if the weather is going to be bad



* 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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