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.
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.
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Top of the falls
between drops 2 and 3
First drop below the spillway
before the falls
after the 2nd drop
the second drop
Lake Waxahachie Spillway
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