Dallas Downriver Club

Date: March 19-21, 2021 Sponsor: DDRC
River: Big Cyprus Bayou / Caddo Lake Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: TBD Phone: 972-814-2633
Difficulty: Class I (flatwater) E-mail: Dale Harris
Rendezvous: Backwater Jacks, Friday 5pm Required Skills: Basic flatwater paddling 
Campground: Backwater Jacks, Karnack, TX 

Spring Fling at Backwater Jack
Trip Description:

Join us as we spend the weekend exploring the paddle trails on Big Cypress Bayou. We will be camping at Backwater Jacks, which offers both tent and RV camping and they also have riverfront cabins available as well.  Right in front of Backwater Jacks on the river are three very nice paddle trails or we can paddle all the way down to Caddo Lake. 

We will start with a "happy hour" get together on Friday evening and maybe a night paddle on one of the trails. 

More paddling on Saturday and in the evening we will have a potluck dinner. 

 

Gear Requirements:

Just about any canoe or kayak will fine on these flatwater trails, PFD's (lifejackets), paddles (a spare is recommended), a whistle or other signalling device, A small cooler for drinks and lunches to be carried in your boat would be recommended. 

Canoe Rentals:

 Canoes can be rented at Backwater Jacks, but a limited number is available, so you may want to call ahead and reserve. 

Meals:

Bring your own meals. We will have a potluck dinner on Saturday evening.  Bring plenty of beverages, but remember - NO GLASS OR FOAM POLYSTYRENE STYROFOAM CONTAINERS!

Driving Directions:

From Dallas: Take IH-20 East to Marshall. Exit onto US Hwy 59, and then turn left (North). Follow US Highway 59 north through Marshall past US Highway 80. Take FM RD 1793 (right).  Stay on FM RD 1793 until you will come to the intersection of FM1793 / FM 134 (about 8 miles).  Take a right on FM 134 (south).  Travel about 2 miles you will come to a “S” curve with railroad tracks in the middle of the curve.  (You will know it when you see it!).  The blacktop road to your left is Long’s Camp RD.  Come down it until you see the river.  If you get wet you went too far.

ALTERNATE: Take IH-20 East to Marshall. Exit onto US Hwy 59, and then turn left (North). Follow US Highway 59 north through Marshall past US Highway 80. You can also take Hwy 43 East toward Karnack / Caddo Lake.  Stay on Hwy 43 until you see the FM RD 134  / FM 449 RD intersection. (about 15 miles) Turn Left onto FM 134.  Less than 4 miles you will see the railroad tracks and “S” curve.  Longs Camp RD is before the tracks to your right.  Stop when you see the river.

 

Map to Caddo Lake




BACKWATER JACKS PARK RULES

  RULE 1:   HAVE A GREAT TIME!!  The remaining rules are so you, your guests, and fellow campers can as well.  We appreciate your business!

  RULE 2:  SPEED LIMIT 10 MPH. Take it real slow please.  Don't sweat it if the turtles pass you.  

  RULE 3:  QUIET HOURS: 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.  We don't expect you to whisper during quiet hours, but we ask you to keep the noise down.   Please consider your neighbors.  We think an occasional laugh or lyric will be heard. IF YOU ARE LOUD, we will let you know in the nicest way possible.

  RULE 4:  PETS:  We want to love them as much as you do. Loud and/or aggressive pets are hard to love. We need pets supervised by their owners.  We ask you to keep your pets on a leash and quiet.   The park is large and has plenty of space to wander and enjoy.

  RULE 5:  CHILDREN:  The greatest gift of all.  We want them to have a good and a very safe time.  Please do not let your kids wander without supervision.   Remember you are surrounded by water and wildlife.  Take appropriate caution.  You are here to enjoy nature.  But the nature of the area needs to be respected.

RULE 6:  WATERWAYS & BOAT RAMP:  All bodies of water, including the river, and lake-like areas surrounding our park are not owned, operated, or controlled by Backwater Jacks RV.  We are not responsible for your use of the river or any surrounding bodies of water.  All damage to person or property arising from the use of the waterways is not the responsibility of Backwater Jacks.  Boat launching fee is waived for reserved guests.

  RULE 7:  CLEANLINESS:  Please help us keep your area clean. Trash is unattractive and will attract bugs and critters.  Some of the critters are big!!  Please use trash receptacle available on the premises.

  RULE 8:  RESTROOMS:  We strive to keep them clean and well stocked.  Let us know if they need our attention.  Bath houses are for our two-legged guests ONLY!   Pots and pans have no legs, so please do not wash them in the bathrooms. Soap provided at lavatories is for hand washing.  Please provide your own soap for showering. 

  RULE 9:  FIREARMS:  We all know what the state laws are in relation to firearms.  Obey the law.

  RULE 10: ALCOHOL:  We ask you to use it responsibly.  Drunk and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated. 

  RULE 11:  CAMPFIRES:  Fires only in the appropriate areas at each campsite, or as directed by office staff.  PLEASE keep fires on the smaller size and do not leave them unattended. Please douse with water when leaving the area. (Water faucets are located at the front and back of office building.)  BBQ grilling is permitted – bring your own firewood and grill.      

  THE LAST RULE - COMMON SENSE: USE IT!  BE CAREFUL.  BE CONSIDERATE.  This is our catch-all rule. If we see something that concerns us, we will bring it to your attention.  If something concerns you, please bring it to our attention.



* 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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