Sabine River, Louisiana, US/Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||III (for normal flows)|
|Sabine Rv at Toledo Bd Res nr Burkeville, TX|
|usgs-08025360||6000 - 9000 cfs||III||00h28m||295 cfs (too low)|
The rapids are only present during one generator operation. If they generate 24/7 the rapids will wash out, so it's best to go soon after start up.
There is a steep trail down on either side of the rapid. The river right trail goes to a large recirculating eddy, with some good wave trains. The river left trail goes down to a rock outcrop with a small eddy.
If you continue downstream, beware of a river wide hydraulic at the confluence with the Sabine River. This hydraulic is locally known as the Ghost Wave and it is said to be extremely retentive.
To check the generation schedule, visit the Sabine River Authority. Please comment if you experience any access problems.
This reach is near the Toledo Bend Spillway in Louisiana.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|1.0||The Ghost Wave||III|
There is a large standing wave on river left with eddy access and random breaking waves on river right. There's a huge eddy on river right, that you can catch at the bottom of the rapids and paddle back up for another run.
This river wide standing wave appears where the generator canal meets the Sabine River. During two generator operation, it will appear for the first two hours of operation and reappear for two hours after the generators are shutdown.