Scenic stretch of the Upper Guadalupe, infrequently run due to its length, remoteness, and the scarcity of rapids. Texas Whitewater mentions "numerous small rapids" on this stretch but provides no specific beta. Satellite scouting shows a lot of flat water. There are no campgrounds or other facilities along the run, making logistics for a multi-day trip difficult at best.
Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015. Difficulty rating and range of recommended flows are a guess.
Low bridge poses a hazard.
Public access on the northeast (river left, downstream) side of the bridge via a dirt/gravel road that runs along the highway easement. Paddlers can also pay to park and take out at Bergheim Campground.
Public access and parking via a dirt road that runs along the highway easement on the southwest (river right, upstream) side of the bridge.
A low-water crossing on the upstream side of the bridge provides access but may also pose a hazard at low water levels.
Public access and parking at river right under the bridges, along a dirt turnout off of the I-10 Frontage Rd.
Old low-water crossing on the downstream side of the bridge provides access but may also pose a hazard at low water levels.
Known hazard at certain water levels. This low-head dam was responsible for a kayaker death in 2004, at a river flow of approximately 700 cfs on the Comfort Gauge.
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