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'.
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.
Southwest Paddler has an excellent write-up on this run (and all the Rio Grande runs). Marc has probably done this run as many times as anybody.
See the Daily Report (pdf file) for current conditions on the Rio Grande.
Permits are not required for this reach.
We have no additional detail on this route.
Use the map below to calculate how
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Take-Out at John's Marina
Riffles Near Take-out
Sanderson Canyon Rapid
Sanderson Canyon Rapid
San Francisco Rapid
San Francisco Canyon
Panther Canyon Rapid
Lower Madison Falls
Son of Burro Rapid
Trail to Burro Bluff
Son of Burro Rapids
Upper Madison Falls
Upper Madison Falls, left line
Upper Madison Falls, right line
Entrance to Upper Madison Falls
Palmas Canyon Rapid Wrapped Canoe
Palmas Canyon Rapid
Geologic Scenery of the Lower Canyons
Cane on the Lower Canyons
Hot Springs Rapid
Springs below Asa Jones Pumphouse
Asa Jones Pumphouse
Lower Canyon near Las Yeguas
Canyons near Las Yeguas
Cueva de la Puerta Grande
Geology of the Lower Canyons
Reagan Canyon Camp
Big Canyon Camp
Rio Grande at Taylor's Farm
Cane Along the River
Maravillas Canyon Access
Temple Canyon Entrance
Silber Canyon Rapid from Asa Jones Pumphouse
Adam Goshorn on the canyon rim of the Rio Grande, TX
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