At the right levels (beta from paddlers indicates that 4000 cfs is probably ideal), this stretch of the San Gabe offers some great playboating opportunities-- particularly in the last 5.75 miles (below the Berry Creek confluence.) For more information, see Texas Whitewater.
NOTE: Many whitewater boaters choose to put in on Berry Creek at the FM 971 bridge, since the best rapids are below the confluence. This makes the total run 6.25 miles instead of 10.
Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.
Parking/access at river left. Put in below the low-water crossing.
Alternate put-in on Berry Creek, which allows whitewater boaters to concentrate on the rapids and play spots below the confluence -- subtracts 3.75 miles from the total distance.
Parking/access is available on the SW (river right, downstream) side of the bridge.
Should be runnable at center
Parking/access available at river right
Reference point (no access)
Parking/access at river left on the downstream side of the bridge
Known to be hazardous. At least one boater has been swept under this crossing at high water. Portage on river left.
Parking/access at river right on the downstream side of the bridge
this run is a pretty good run. Lots of waves to surf on and Lots of small to medium rapids. Wad better then I thought it was. Only thing is the water is not so good. WAY better then the section below the dam. to Georgetown. We got out at Jonah and im glad we did some nice rapids the last 3miles.
Gauge is virtual, based on the formula recommended in Texas Whitewater.
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