Pecos - Pandale to Pecos River Marina (61 miles)

Pecos, Texas, US


Pandale to Pecos River Marina (61 miles)

Usual Difficulty II(III) (for normal flows)
Length 61 Miles
Avg. Gradient 8 fpm
Max Gradient 9 fpm

Pecos Whitewater

Pecos Whitewater
Photo of Joe Salvador

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
hads-PDAT2 1.15 - 5.00 ft II(III) 00h55m 1.86 ft (running)
Actual range unclear River stage at the put in.
hads-LTRT2 1.70 - 8.00 ft II(III) 00h55m 2.06 ft (running)
Actual range unclear River Stage near end
Pecos Rv nr Girvin, TX
usgs-08446500 225 - 3000 cfs II(III) 00h25m ~ 22.3 cfs (too low)

River Description

This last section of the Pecos is spring fed, so it has low but boatable flows throughout the year.  Many of the rapids will need to be lined or portaged by typical paddlers.   Experienced whitewater paddlers may want to wait till the rapids clean up with high flows during the spring or during rains.  However, extremely dangerous, high flow, flash floods, can also occur.   

Put-in is approximately 1580' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 1117' elevation.
Therefore total elevation change is approximately 463'.


Other Information Sources:  
Austin Traveler article
Outside Magazine, Aug. 2011
Texas Escapes article - 2001
Pandale, Tx  Wikipedia article
Southwest Paddler
Flatwater Paddling in the last 15 miles


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2011-10-15 00:02:25

Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments

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November 2 2017 (442 days ago)
jcunning (159384)
The warnings about abrasive rocks are pretty much spot on. One trip at moderate flows wore through
the vinyl outer skin of a "old Royalex" boat that was in pristine condition. An XP-10 didn't seem
to wear much at all, though friends report that they wore through a rec boat on this run. This
isn't what I think of as a technical run, but there's a lot of weird stuff. A few rapids tap into
Class III range, but we had to line a couple of those due to rocks blocking the channel and then
reenter in the current. Much of the river bed is mostly "undulating" limestone that has been plated
with travertine. The river was up, so we just rubbed in places, but people have had to jump from
channel to channel when the river is down. There's also about a mile where the river runs over dead
flat rock and is only a few inches deep. Weird stuff. The run is remote, but it's not totally
isolated. There are roads off to the east and the west. According to Emilio Hinojosa, there is cell
service once you get out of the canyons (I even texted someone one night.) We also saw a flashlight
one night. It's likely that either Emilio or a landowner was checking on us. Relatively speaking,
the lake was one of the bigger challenges. Once you get into Lake Amistad the canyon walls are
steep and there aren't any good places to get out. Besides, all that flatwater is a drag and would
have been more so if the wind had been blowing (upstream.) Arms and knees were sore, and we were
nursing a couple of injuries. A friend of Emilio's towed us out from the high bridge. This cost
more than the shuttle but it was worth it.