Colorado - 1. Bend to Colorado Bend State Park (15 miles)

Colorado, Texas, US


1. Bend to Colorado Bend State Park (15 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 15 Miles
Avg. Gradient 4 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Colorado Rv nr San Saba, TX
usgs-08147000 500 - 5000 cfs I-II 00h41m 586 cfs (running)
Best boatable levels uncertain. Help us out! Add a comment or 'report'. Gauge is roughly 15 miles upstream of put-in and should fairly accurately reflect actual flow in this reach.

River Description

Scenic float trip alongside some steep cliffs, with a few light rapids sprinkled throughout.  This is the last stretch of the natural Colorado River before it enters the Highland Lakes system.

Difficulty rating and recommended flow are taken from Texas Whitewater.  Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-08 21:15:03


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0FM 580 BridgeN/APutin
2.0Cherokee Creek ConfluenceN/A
5.0Barefoot Fishing CampN/AAccess
8.0Sulphur Springs CampN/AAccess
11.0Gorman FallsN/A
14.9Colorado Bend State ParkN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

FM 580 Bridge (Class N/A)

Parking situation is unknown (beta needed.)

Cherokee Creek Confluence (Class N/A, Mile 2.0)

Reference point

Barefoot Fishing Camp (Class N/A, Mile 5.0)

Private campground at river right (fee required)

Sulphur Springs Camp (Class N/A, Mile 8.0)

Private campground at right right (fee required)

Gorman Falls (Class N/A, Mile 11.0)

Scenic waterfall in Colorado Bend State Park, at river right

Colorado Bend State Park (Class N/A, Mile 14.9)

Park and take out near the park office (fee required.)


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