Brushy Creek - 1. Chisolm Trail Rd to CR 122 (Red Bud Ln) (5.5 miles)

Brushy Creek, Texas, US


1. Chisolm Trail Rd to CR 122 (Red Bud Ln) (5.5 miles)

Usual Difficulty II+ (for normal flows)
Length 5.5 Miles
Avg. Gradient 13 fpm

Kevin Rippin it up

Kevin Rippin it up
Photo of Brushy creek by Squirrel taken 08/11/05 @ HIGH

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
Brushy Ck at Kenney Fort Blvd at Round Rock, TX
usgs-08105888 300 - 2000 cfs II+ 00h49m 116 cfs (too low)

River Description

Scenic urban run in Round Rock, north of Austin.  The upper part of the run has flat water and a 10-foot runnable dam, but the lower part of the run has some good play at certain levels.  Whitewater boaters may choose to put in below the Veterans Park dam to avoid the first mile of mainly flat water.  Texas Whitewater describes mostly small rapids but mentions some "fine surf spots" in the last mile.  Beta needed.

Distances and gradient measured using GIS tools in 2015.

StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2015-07-08 06:49:06


Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Chisolm Trail Rd (Low-Water Crossing)N/APutin
0.3Summit StN/AAccess
0.6N. Mays StN/A
0.9Veterans Park DamII+Access
1.1N. Georgetown StN/A
1.8Lance Ln (Low-Water Crossing)N/AHazard
2.3A. W. Grimes BlvdN/A
2.6Play For All Abilities ParkN/AAccess
3.5Kenney Fort BlvdN/A
5.5County Rd 122/Red Bud LnN/ATakeout

Rapid Descriptions

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

Parking is available in Chisolm Trail Crossing Park, just south of the creek on the west side of the road.

The actual round rock that gave Round Rock its name is just downstream of the crossing.

I-35 (Class N/A, Mile 0.1)

Reference point

Summit St (Class N/A, Mile 0.3)

Public access and parking on river right (Memorial Park)

N. Mays St (Class N/A, Mile 0.6)

Reference point

Veterans Park Dam (Class II+, Mile 0.9)

Texas Whitewater suggests that this ten-foot dam can be run in the middle "with momentum."

Public access and parking is available on river right (Veterans Park)

N. Georgetown St (Class N/A, Mile 1.1)

Reference point

Lance Ln (Low-Water Crossing) (Class N/A, Mile 1.8)

Known high-water hazard.  This low-water crossing was the site of a rec boating fatality in 2010, during which a paddler flipped and swam and was pinned against debris on the upstream side of the crossing.

A. W. Grimes Blvd (Class N/A, Mile 2.3)

Reference point

Play For All Abilities Park (Class N/A, Mile 2.6)

Public access and parking on river left

Kenney Fort Blvd (Class N/A, Mile 3.5)

Reference point

County Rd 122/Red Bud Ln (Class N/A, Mile 5.5)

Possible parking/access point at the low-water crossing on the downstream side of CR 122 (beta needed.)

User Comments

Users can submit comments.
August 27 2017 (445 days ago)
LordFusion (159476)
Floated at 660 and 460 cfs. Nice surf-able waves to catch on the fly. At 460 long fast moving
stretches where a swim might be longer than expected. Lance Ln low water crossing is fast and
dangerous at these levels. Multiple strainers that appear at different places from flooding. At 460
took some novice kayaks and are lucky to have made it out with everyone. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
experienced paddlers. At lower flows may be more technical.

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