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Difficulty III-IV(V)
Length 3 Miles
Gauge Waxahachie Ck nr Bardwell, TX
Flow Range 200 - 1000 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 39 minutes ago 0.05 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 11/26/2015 4:09 am

River Description


Waxahachie Creek, South Prong (AKA "South Prong Creek") is impounded to form Lake Waxahachie, and the spillway of the lake creates an intense, steep hair run that, at certain levels, can be a full-on Class V monster.  This run should only be attempted by very experienced whitewater paddlers.  A boater is reported to have died while attempting to run the spillway in the early 2010's, although details are not available.

Numerous smaller drops, some in the 3-6 foot range, and slides occur in quick succession on the spillway and culminate in the crux of the run, a 17-foot waterfall.  Below the waterfall, the creek is all flat or moving water down to the Pigg Road takeout.  For more information, see Texas Whitewater.

Access:

  • There is basically no parking at the put-in.  Do not park on the spillway road.  Your vehicle WILL be towed at your expense.
  • The landowner at the put-in is paddler-friendly.  Please e-mail Chris Brymer to coordinate access for park 'n' huck.
  • Limited parking available at the Pigg Road takeout along the right-of-way

 

Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.  Max. gradient is measured from the top of the spillway to the base of the 17-foot waterfall (approx. 1000 river feet.)

There is no gauge for this run (the listed gauge is downstream of Lake Bardwell, so it doesn't reflect the release from Lake Waxahachie.)  You can use the Lake Level Page to get a rough idea of when Lake Waxahachie might be releasing.  Water starts going over the spillway above 531 feet, but the correlation between lake level and a runnable level on Wax. Creek has yet to be determined.  Past trip reports from paddlers seem to show that it is too shallow at 532 but runnable at 532.75.

 

Rapid Descriptions

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Robert Hall
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12 years ago

Check out vids here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZY-KSHlofpc&mode=user&search=

Gage Descriptions

There is no gauge for this run (the listed gauge is downstream of Lake Bardwell, so it doesn't reflect the release from Lake Waxahachie.)  You can use the Lake Level Page to get a rough idea of when Lake Waxahachie might be releasing.  Water starts going over the spillway above 531 feet, but the correlation between lake level and a runnable level on Wax. Creek has yet to be determined.  Past trip reports from paddlers seem to show that it is too shallow at 532 but runnable at 532.75.

 

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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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