Trinity, Clear Fork - Fort Worth WW Park: Bryant Irvin Rd to W.Lancaster Ave (6.25 miles)

Trinity, Clear Fork, Texas, US


Fort Worth WW Park: Bryant Irvin Rd to W.Lancaster Ave (6.25 miles)

Usual Difficulty II+(III) (for normal flows)
Length 6.25 Miles
Avg. Gradient 7 fpm
Max Gradient 10 fpm

Trinity WWP

Trinity WWP
Photo of robert h by Ben B taken 06/07/04 @ 450

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Clear Fk Trinity Rv at Ft Worth, TX
usgs-08047500 150 - 10000 cfs II+(III) 00h55m 6 cfs (too low)

River Description

While the full reach is listed as 6.25 miles, most whitewater boaters will be content to concentrate on just the last half-mile, where re-engineering of a series of dams in a cement-channelized river has created a fine Park-and-Play spot near downtown Fort Worth.

For more information, see Texas Whitewater, 2nd Edition.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2013-05-14 17:12:45


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
3.1Santa's ChuteII+Playspot Photo
3.3Railroad ChuteII+Playspot Photo
3.5Double ChuteII+Playspot Photo

Rapid Descriptions

Santa's Chute (Class II+, Mile 3.1)

Santa's Chute @2800 cfs

Santa's Chute @2800 cfs
Photo of Robert H by Ben B taken 06-04 @ 2800 cfs

Very small wave with good eddy lines. Great level for beginners.
Wave gets a little bigger but is still hard to stay on.
Better play at railroad chute.
Great surf wave -- drop in from above or eddy in on river left and cut all the way over to center wave.
Still a great wave that can surf 2 or more at the same time. Nice play hole on river left.

Railroad Chute (Class II+, Mile 3.3)

Railroad chute @2800 cfs

Railroad chute @2800 cfs
Photo by Robert H taken 06-04 @ 2800 cfs

Great from about 700 cfs to 1000 cfs, then gets real good again (and big!) at 2000+ cfs. Eddy service is great at low levels, but good luck at high levels.

At 4000cfs there is a nice play spot on river left at the drop under the railroad bridge.

Double Chute (Class II+, Mile 3.5)

WW Park in Fort Worth

WW Park in Fort Worth
Photo by Robert taken 07/06/04 @ 450 cfs

Fun for pop-ups and squirts at real low levels (150 cfs to 500 or so).

The pillow where the two waves come together gets very aerated, big, and soft with any significant water. The river right wave is retentive whenever the water gets backed up, but with low downstream water it doesn't hold very well. Strong eddy service on both sides of the river.

The underwater old dam just downstream of double chute is dangerous and needs to be removed. There is rebar below this drop about 50 feet. It can be a concern at lower levels (like below 750 cfs) or when you swim!

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