Pedernales, Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV(V) (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||17 fpm|
|Max Gradient||132 fpm|
|Pedernales Rv nr Johnson City, TX|
|usgs-08153500||1500 - 15000 cfs||II-III(IV)||03h44m||27 cfs (too low)|
The Perd doesn't go very often, but when it goes, it goes big. The river bed is extraordinarily wide (often well over 100 yards), but unlike the Upper Perd, this stretch tends to channelize the flow much more, and thus it is runnable at much lower levels. At very high water (10,000+ cfs), the features become Grand Canyon-sized. For more specific beta, see Texas Whitewater.
The crux of the run is at the very end. Pedernales Falls is a series of three features spaced about 200 yards apart. At levels where the downriver run is worth doing, the falls are likely to be deadly, so most boaters choose to take out at river right in the large pool above the top drop and portage the rest of the falls, or to run just the top drop and portage The Slide and S-Turn. The best time to huck the falls is when the river is low and the rest of the run is scrapey. See separate description for the falls for level-specific beta.
Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015. Average gradient without Pedernales Falls = 14 fpm. Maximum gradient measured from the top of 60/40 Falls to the base of S-Turn (0.34 miles.)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||LCRA Pedernales River Nature Park||N/A|
|0.1||Johnson City Dam||N/A|
|1.2||Private Low-Water Crossing/Dam||N/A|
|9.6||Pedernales Hills Rd (Low Bridge)||N/A|
|13.1||Miller Creek Confluence||N/A|
Parking/access at river right
Runnability unknown. You can easily put in below the dam without leaving the LCRA park.
May create a hazard at some levels (beta needed)
Likely hazard at some levels
See separate description for the falls. Note that, if the river is within the recommended range for the downriver run, Pedernales Falls will be either a Class V or a V+.