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.
May pose a hazard at certain water levels
Popular put-in for whitewater paddlers, since most of the good rapids are below here.
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.
Texas Whitewater describes a surfable wave midway down and a side-surf hole at the bottom. Difficulty inferred from description.
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!
This creek has been run up to 10 ft. With a report of big green glaasy waves almost all the way down.
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