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Difficulty II+
Length 0.1 Miles
Gauge Denton Ck nr Grapevine, TX
Flow Range 450 - 1350 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 26 minutes ago 1230 [CFS]
Reach Info Last Updated 03/21/2018 4:23 pm

River Description


This is a great spot to bring beginners to work on rolls, ferries, eddy turns, and peel-outs.

Level Description
400-775 cfs At this level, there is a small hole on river left that is good for side surfing, and a small wave just to the right of the hole.  Eddy lines are OK at this level but a little shallow at the top of the eddy.
800-975 cfs This is the best level.  The hole has a two-foot foam pile but no vertical stuff (still too shallow.)  There is one small wave/hole to the right of the main hole, and in the center there is a nice two-foot wave.  Good level for squirts!
1000-1250 cfs At this level, the hole washes out.  The wave is still there, but it's a little hard to stay in.  Eddy lines are strong and deep at this level.
1350 cfs and above At this level, everything washes out.


NOTE:

The Grapevine gauge may give a hint as to the release level, but it will be affected by runoff as well.  New beta suggests that the streambed has shifted above the play spot, sending more water to river right than before.  A 700 cfs dam release (refer to the Army Corps of Engineers Fish Report >> TRINITY RIVER BASIN >> GRAPEVINE) is now the recommended minimum level.

Access:

Beta from paddlers says that the two gates described in the directions have "Keep Out" signs on them, but one paddler contacted the Army Corps and learned of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corps and American Whitewater that waives these restrictions for whitewater boaters.

Update 3/2018:  A paddler has reported being turned away by security personnel despite mentioning the MOU.  Upon contacting the Corps of Engineers, he learned that they are no longer aware of any MOU.  The local paddling community is seeking information or assistance regarding regaining legal access to Denton Creek.

Hazards:

Flying golf balls, poison ivy, swarms of gnats, and fishing lines.

For more information, see Texas Whitewater.
 

Rapid Descriptions

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neal staton
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8 years ago

level was 1520 first 2 waves surfable

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Matt Muir
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9 years ago

teague swalm shared: want to suggest an update to the national river database --> texas --> denton creek. directions are pretty good, but the two gates referenced both have 'get lost' signs on them. i phoned the controlling authority, u.s. army corps of engineers,,, and learned of an m.o.u. (memorandum of understanding) between aw (i assume) and the corps. as coming up w/ this beta took a little digging on my part (at the cost of a paddling day), i would suggest posting a note to this effect on the site. not many places to paddle here, so i hate to see someone inadvertently dissuaded (is that a word?). let the rivers flow, swami

Gage Descriptions

The Grapevine gauge may give a hint as to the release level, but it will be affected by runoff as well.  New beta suggests that the streambed has shifted above the play spot, sending more water to river right than before.  A 700 cfs dam release (refer to the Army Corps of Engineers Fish Report >> TRINITY RIVER BASIN >> GRAPEVINE) is now the recommended minimum level.

Directions Description


Directions to the put-in from Dallas I-635 & U.S. 75 intersection:

Take 635 west for 16.3 miles.
Exit 121 North/Bass Pro Dr. and take a left on Bass Pro Dr.
Take a left on 26.
Take a right at FAIRWAY DR and go 0.5 mi.
Turn right into Grapevine Golf Course.
Turn right into the first parking lot.
Park and carry down past both gates.
Walk above the spillway to the put-in downstream on river right.
Take out on river right to avoid trespassing on the golf course.

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County to Vote to Extend Closure on Guadalupe Tonight (TX)

7/11/2002
Jason Robertson

The Comal County Commissioner's Court is taking measures that will restrict access to the Guadalupe River indefinitely. AW's primary objective on the Guadalupe is to restore access as soon as possible and to make sure that boater access does not impede on-going rescue and recovery efforts.
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Revisions

Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1192465 06/15/07 Robert Hall n/a
1204952 07/09/15 DRC
1202161 05/14/13 Matt Muir Fixed broken link.
1209091 03/20/18 DRC
1204953 07/09/15 DRC
1209095 03/21/18 DRC