Medina - 1. Garrison Dam to Bandera (27 miles)

Medina, Texas, US


1. Garrison Dam to Bandera (27 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (for normal flows)
Length 27 Miles
Avg. Gradient 13 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Medina Rv at Bandera, TX
usgs-08178880 250 - 10000 cfs I-II 00h57m 292 cfs (running)
Upper limit of recommended boatable flows uncertain. Please contribute a comment or report. Gauge is at the takeout.

River Description

Mostly a scenic float trip with multiple put-in/takeout options.  Numerous low-water crossings exist along the run, and Texas Whitewater implies that at least most of these are runnable at high water, but all low-water crossings are potential hazards.  Exercise extreme caution around them.  Current beta is needed regarding the location of specific rapids along this stretch.

Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-11 23:50:50


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Garrison DamN/APutin
5.1Coalkiln Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AHazard
5.6Elm Creek Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AHazard
7.3Patterson Ave/Flower Moffett Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AAccess Hazard
10.2Chenaults Ln (Private Low-Water Crossing)N/AHazard
11.2SH 16 (Three-Mile Bridge)N/AAccess
13.9Bandina Ranch Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AAccess Hazard
17.4Peaceful Valley Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AAccess Hazard
21.2SH 16 Bridge (Ranger Crossing)N/AAccess
21.8FM 470 Bridge (Tarpley Crossing)N/AAccess
22.3Private Low-Water CrossingN/AHazard
25.36th St/Schmidtke Rd (Low Bridge)N/AAccess Hazard
26.21st St/Rugh Hill Rd (Low Bridge)N/AAccess Hazard
27.1Bandera City ParkN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

Garrison Dam (Class N/A)

Access situation unknown

Coalkiln Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 5.1)

Possible hazard

Elm Creek Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 5.6)

Hazard at certain water levels

Patterson Ave/Flower Moffett Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 7.3)

Hazard at certain water levels.  Public/access parking at river right, upstream of the crossing (Moffett Park)

Chenaults Ln (Private Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 10.2)

Possible hazard

SH 16 (Three-Mile Bridge) (Class N/A, Mile 11.2)

Limited access

Bandina Ranch Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 13.9)

Possible hazard.  Limited parking along SH 16 easement at river right.

Peaceful Valley Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 17.4)

Possible hazard

SH 16 Bridge (Ranger Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 21.2)

Public parking/access via a picnic area at river right, upstream of the bridge

FM 470 Bridge (Tarpley Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 21.8)

Public parking/access via a picnic area at river right, downstream of the bridge

Private Low-Water Crossing (Class N/A, Mile 22.3)

Possible hazard

6th St/Schmidtke Rd (Low Bridge) (Class N/A, Mile 25.3)

Likely hazard at some levels

1st St/Rugh Hill Rd (Low Bridge) (Class N/A, Mile 26.2)

Possible hazard at certain water levels

Bandera City Park (Class N/A, Mile 27.1)

Public access/parking at river left, upstream of the SH 173/Main St bridge

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