Dallas Downriver Club

May Meeting / Paddle White Rock

Date: May 27, 2021 Sponsor: DDRC
River: White Rock Lake Trip Leader: Dale Harris
Reach: Bath House, the paddle around the lake Phone: 
Difficulty: Flatwater / Lake E-mail: president@down-river.com
Rendezvous: Bath House Cultural Center RSVP - Not Required
Campground: None


Trip Description:

Meet at the Bath House at White Rock Lake at 6 pm – on the water by 7:15pm. There are picnic tables for those who want to bring a picnic dinner. We’ll paddle heading toward the Arboretum to listen to the concert and make a southern loop around the shoreline and return by 10:30 pm (+/-). The scheduled band this year is "Absolute Queen". 

Gear requirements:

Basic items; clear white light that can be seen 360 degrees (this goes on the back of your boat 3ft high so it can be seen 360 degrees), life jacket, canoe or kayak, water, lawn chairs.


Dinner will be a pot luck picnic for those who are interested.  

Back-up Plans:
No backup plans

Driving Directions Northwest Hwy or “Loop 12” – go south on Buckner Blvd. to Northcliff Dr. Go East on Northcliff and the Bath House will be on your left. Look for our banner and folks with canoes and kayaks.

Take I-30 Buckner Blvd. Go north on Buckner Blvd to Northcliff  Dr. Go East on Northcliff and the Bath House will be on your left.  

Bath House at White Rock Lake

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* 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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