Pedernales, Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-IV (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||16 fpm|
|Pedernales Rv nr Johnson City, TX|
|usgs-08153500||1500 - 15000 cfs||II-IV||01h08m||19.1 cfs (too low)|
|Pedernales Rv nr Fredericksburg, TX|
|usgs-08152900||900 - 10000 cfs||II-IV||00h53m||11.6 cfs (too low)|
The Upper Perd doesn't go very often, but when it goes, it goes big. The river bed is extraordinarily wide (often well over 100 yards), so even thousands of cfs on this run will still be surprisingly shallow. Many whitewater boaters won't bother with this stretch until it gets near 10,000 cfs. For more specific beta, see Texas Whitewater. Difficulty rating and range of recommended flow are taken from the book.
Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Roadside park along RM 1||N/A|
|3.5||RM 1320 Low-Water Crossing (Sandy Crossing)||N/A|
|5.1||Levi Deike Ln (Low-Head Dam/Low-Water Crossing)||N/A|
|9.7||North Grape Creek Confluence||N/A|
|16.4||U.S. 281 Bridge||N/A|
|16.7||LCRA Pedernales River Nature Park||N/A|
Known to be hazardous at high water. Limited parking available along the highway right-of-way at river right.
Runnability unknown (current beta needed)
Public parking/access at river right