This is a great spot to bring beginners to work on rolls, ferries, eddy turns, and peel-outs.
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.
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.
Flying golf balls, poison ivy, swarms of gnats, and fishing lines.
For more information, see Texas Whitewater.
level was 1520 first 2 waves surfable
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,
Permits are not required for this reach.
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.
Grapevine @ 700cfs
Phil Lang surfs Grapevine wave
aerial photo and map
Grapevine wave @ 550 cfs
more grapevine wave
Grapevine Wave in July
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