Middle Bosque - Crawford (SH 317) to FM 3047 (7 miles)

Middle Bosque, Texas, US


Crawford (SH 317) to FM 3047 (7 miles)

Usual Difficulty II-III (for normal flows)
Length 7 Miles
Avg. Gradient 11 fpm

middle bosque

middle bosque
Photo of Bigdaddy by Steve Ford taken 05/03/07 @ 5-7 ft

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Middle Bosque Rv nr McGregor, TX
usgs-08095300 3.80 - 15.00 ft II-III 00h19m 3.31 ft (too low)

River Description

When it's in, the Middle Bosque makes for a great playboating run.  Both Texas Whitewater and local paddlers suggest 3.8' as the minimum runnable level (below that, you may be scraping bottom and/or walking.)  Beta from paddlers suggests that the river generates a lot of play features below 5'.  At higher levels, some of those features wash out, but the ones that are left become more optimal.  Beta suggests that, above 9', river-wide waves form that are big enough for 3-4 boaters to surf simultaneously.  The river is known to have been run-- and still playable-- as high as 13-14'.

Distance and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-11-19 19:23:07


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.6Railroad bridgeN/A
1.2Chisolm Trail Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/AHazard
2.7FM 185 BridgeN/AAccess
3.1Confluence with Tonkawa CreekN/A
3.5Unnamed RapidIII
6.6Unnamed RapidIIPlayspot

Rapid Descriptions

Railroad bridge (Class N/A, Mile 0.6)

Reference point

Chisolm Trail Rd (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 1.2)

May pose a hazard at certain water levels

FM 185 Bridge (Class N/A, Mile 2.7)

Popular put-in for whitewater paddlers, since most of the good rapids are below here.

Confluence with Tonkawa Creek (Class N/A, Mile 3.1)

Reference point

Unnamed Rapid (Class III, Mile 3.5)

A limestone ledge cuts across the river, forming a small waterfall with a deep pool underneath it.  The river has eroded a chute into the limestone ledge, and a hole forms where the chute falls off of the ledge.  Texas Whitewater describes the hole as "mean at high water" and suggests that it can be skirted on the right.  Difficulty inferred from description.

Unnamed Rapid (Class II, Mile 6.6)

Texas Whitewater describes a surfable wave midway down and a side-surf hole at the bottom.  Difficulty inferred from description.


User Comments

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October 29 2009 (3371 days ago)
Pleatofthepants (151178)
Just ran the Middle Bosque today and the recent flooding weather has cleared out all of the barbed
wire fences! Running it at around 3.9ft is excellent!
May 29 2007 (4256 days ago)
Robert HallDetails
This creek has been run up to 10 ft. With a report of big green glaasy waves almost all the way