Guadalupe (current beta needed), Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||7 fpm|
|Guadalupe Rv at Comfort, TX|
|usgs-08167000||400 - 10000 cfs||I-II||00h52m||560 cfs (running)|
|Upper limit for best boatability uncertain. Please help your fellow boaters with a comment or report. Gauge is 1/2 mile upstream from the put-in, at the Front St. bridge.|
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.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||I-10 (Twin Bridges)||N/A|
|0.4||Dam / Mill Race Structure||N/A|
|4.9||Old Railroad Bridge / River Rd||N/A|
|7.1||River Bend Rd||N/A|
|11.0||Waring Welfare Rd Bridge (Waring Crossing)||N/A|
|13.3||Zoeller Ln Bridge (Zoeller's Crossing)||N/A|
|18.9||FM 1376/Sisterdale Rd Bridge (Sisterdale Crossing)||N/A|
|19.1||Old Low-Water Crossing||N/A|
|30.7||FM 474 Bridge||N/A|
|45.4||FM 3351 Crossing (Bergheim)||N/A|
Public access and parking at river right under the bridges, along a dirt turnout off of the I-10 Frontage Rd.
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.
A low-water crossing on the upstream side of the bridge provides access but may also pose a hazard at low water levels.
Old low-water crossing on the downstream side of the bridge provides access but may also pose a hazard at low water levels.
Low bridge poses a hazard.
Public access and parking via a dirt road that runs along the highway easement on the southwest (river right, upstream) side of the bridge.
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.