Trinity - Dallas: Trinity River Park Standing Wave(s) (PnP)

Trinity, Texas, US


Dallas: Trinity River Park Standing Wave(s) (PnP)

Usual Difficulty II+ (varies with level)

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Trinity Rv at Dallas, TX
usgs-08057000 400 - 3000 cfs III 00h31m 8050 cfs (too high)
Likely outrageously high, possibly unplayable. (Uncertain of best flows. We need your input! Add a comment!) Gauge (6,106sq.mi. drainage) is 2.3 miles upstream. (Another gauge lies 4.5 miles downstream.)

River Description

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:

The following video (courtesy YouTube) shows construction (Dec.2010) and some paddling (Jan.2011) at this location:

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-01-22 21:17:10


Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

2015-09-16 08:43:11 (147 days ago)
chasmckinney (157357)
At 1010 CFS the upper feature is decent. More of a hole on play boaters right that is still a
little bouncy but good for spins and a low angle cartwheel. scraped the bottom a couple of times as
I went vertical. Play boaters left is a small wave that is surfable, but not very retentive.

2015-09-14 09:19:16 (149 days ago)
chasmckinney (157357)
Paddled at 2850 cfs. The upper feature was really surgey bouncing me around. The lower feature was
great. More of a hole about fifteen feet wide, not to steep unfortunately the eddie is like a tread
mill to drop in and extremely squirrely and grabby.

2015-08-19 08:34:13 (175 days ago)
Maus13 (157660)
Paddled the Dallas wave at 7080cfs and everything gets washed out. At lower levels there are two
sets of waves to play on, however at this level you could barely see the first wave and the second
one was completely underwater. You can't even see the brick embankment on the other side of the
river. There is one small wave that is playable but other than that it is just some mild rapids.

2011-07-20 03:20:05 (1666 days ago)
Pippen92 (153067)
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.

2011-05-08 11:04:12 (1739 days ago)
Pippen92 (153067)
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?

2011-02-03 05:41:07 (1833 days ago)
David MorringDetails
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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