A pair of man-made features were added to the river in 2010 as part of a major river/parkland project.
Read more about it here: www.trinityrivercorridor.org/
The following video (courtesy YouTube) shows construction (Dec.2010) and some paddling (Jan.2011) at this location:
I paddled the park last week and it was not bad, the level was about 485 cfs and the top wave was pretty mellow, and nice and wide. the lower wave was pretty small. The standing wave technically isn't open yet, but I paddled from upstream just a little bit and there's nothing saying that you can't paddle it, just that you shouldn't. I'm not sure that I would paddle it again though, I know people talk alot about the water quality of the trinity and I've paddled my fair shair of flooded creeks around DFW but I don't think I've ever smelled anything as awful as the water I was paddling in.
Hopefully they'll finish construction and fix the bypass by the time the fall rains get here.
I went down to the park to try and play, but it seems like the paddling area might be closed? all the roads I found were closed, anybody know if this is open yet?
At 400 cfs, the top wave is still quite fun and definitely playable. The second wave is better at 1100 cfs and above.
Also, directions show entry from river left off Riverfront, but the actual park entrance will be on river right just north of the DART station on 8th Street.
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Lorraine McPhee cfs 700
Morgan Elliott and Lorraine McPhee on the Dallas Wave
1100 CFS Dallas Waves (Top Wave)
Big Daddy D and Kayak_Travis Oct 2011
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