Rio Grande, Texas, US
|Usual Difficulty||II-III+ (for normal flows)|
|Avg. Gradient||5 fpm|
|Rio Grande at Rio Grande Village, Big Bnd NP, TX|
|usgs-08375300||200 - 10000 cfs||II-III+||01h25m||181 cfs (too low)|
For more information, see Texas Whitewater 2nd Edition.
See also Big Bend National Park and their descriptive site, Floating the Rio.
See also the descriptions in Southwest Paddler.
Put-in is approximately 1740' elevation.
Take-out is approximately 1290' elevation.
Therefore total elevation change is approximately 450'.
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|27.2||Big Canyon Rapid||II|
|31.1||El Recodo Rapid||II+|
|38.3||Silber Canyon Rapid||I|
|40.7||Hot Springs Rapid||III+|
|44.4||Bullis Fold Rapid||II|
|45.5||Palmas Canyon Rapid||II+|
|54.9||Upper Madison Falls Rapid||IV|
|55.4||Son of Burro Rapid||II|
|57.2||Lower Madison Falls||III|
|60.9||Panther Canyon Rapid||II+|
|66.3||San Francisco Rapid||II+|
|78.9||Sanderson Canyon Rapid||II|
Read and run center left.
A relatively new rapid formed by the outwash from El Recodo Canyon.
The rapid is formed by the outwash from San Rosendo Creek. Scout from the Mexican side. If running the rapid the preferred line is down the center.
Large boulders in the center of the rapid require paddlers to choose a right or left line. At lower flows the lines are tricky and those who are indecisive will end up wrapping their boat on the center rocks.
Upper Madison Falls is a two part rapid and the most challenging drop on the run. Most boat scout the first half and eddy out on river right above the second half. The main line is down the left. Many will choose to line the rapid down the river right channel.
Generally run down river left along the bluff.
The river course at this rapid is known to change. The river flows into a bedrock wall on the Texas bank and makes a hard turn to the right. The line is particularly challenging at lower flows.
The line is generally down the left along the bedrock wall while taking care to avoid the rocks that must be avoided.