Pedernales - 1. Hye to Johnson City (16.7 miles)

Pedernales, Texas, US


1. Hye to Johnson City (16.7 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-IV (for normal flows)
Length 16.7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 16 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
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)

River Description

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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-12 22:54:13


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Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Roadside park along RM 1N/APutin
3.5RM 1320 Low-Water Crossing (Sandy Crossing)N/AAccess Portage Hazard
5.1Levi Deike Ln (Low-Head Dam/Low-Water Crossing)N/A
5.3Low-Head DamN/A
5.6Low-Head DamN/A
9.7North Grape Creek ConfluenceN/A
16.4U.S. 281 BridgeN/A
16.7LCRA Pedernales River Nature ParkN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

RM 1320 Low-Water Crossing (Sandy Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 3.5)

Known to be hazardous at high water.  Limited parking available along the highway right-of-way at river right.

Levi Deike Ln (Low-Head Dam/Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 5.1)

Runnability unknown (current beta needed)

Low-Head Dam (Class N/A, Mile 5.3)

Runnability unknown

Low-Head Dam (Class N/A, Mile 5.6)

Runnability unknown

North Grape Creek Confluence (Class N/A, Mile 9.7)

Reference point

U.S. 281 Bridge (Class N/A, Mile 16.4)

Reference point

LCRA Pedernales River Nature Park (Class N/A, Mile 16.7)

Public parking/access at river right

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