Guadalupe (current beta needed) - 2. Comfort to Farm Road 3351 (45 miles)

Guadalupe (current beta needed), Texas, US


2. Comfort to Farm Road 3351 (45 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 45.4 Miles
Avg. Gradient 7 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Guadalupe Rv at Comfort, TX
usgs-08167000 400 - 10000 cfs I-II 00h33m 242 cfs (too low)

River Description

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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-09 21:21:37


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0I-10 (Twin Bridges)N/APutin
0.4Dam / Mill Race StructureN/AHazard
4.9Old Railroad Bridge / River RdN/AAccess Hazard
7.1River Bend RdN/AAccess Hazard
11.0Waring Welfare Rd Bridge (Waring Crossing)N/AAccess Hazard
13.3Zoeller Ln Bridge (Zoeller's Crossing)N/AAccess
18.9FM 1376/Sisterdale Rd Bridge (Sisterdale Crossing)N/AAccess
19.1Old Low-Water CrossingN/AHazard
30.7FM 474 BridgeN/AAccess
45.4FM 3351 Crossing (Bergheim)N/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

I-10 (Twin Bridges) (Class N/A)

Public access and parking at river right under the bridges, along a dirt turnout off of the I-10 Frontage Rd.

Dam / Mill Race Structure (Class N/A, Mile 0.4)

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.

Old Railroad Bridge / River Rd (Class N/A, Mile 4.9)

A low-water crossing on the upstream side of the bridge provides access but may also pose a hazard at low water levels.

River Bend Rd (Class N/A, Mile 7.1)

Old low-water crossing on the downstream side of the bridge provides access but may also pose a hazard at low water levels.

Waring Welfare Rd Bridge (Waring Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 11.0)

Low bridge poses a hazard.

FM 1376/Sisterdale Rd Bridge (Sisterdale Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 18.9)

Public access and parking via a dirt road that runs along the highway easement on the southwest (river right, upstream) side of the bridge.

FM 3351 Crossing (Bergheim) (Class N/A, Mile 45.4)

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.

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