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.
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.
Public access and parking on river right (Memorial Park)
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)
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.
Public access and parking on river left
Possible parking/access point at the low-water crossing on the downstream side of CR 122 (beta needed.)
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.
Texas Whitewater recommended correlating the S. Fork San Gabriel, Berry Creek, and Bull Creek gauges, but since that book was published, Brushy Creek apparently now has two gauges of its own, one at I-35 (above Veterans Park dam) and one at Kenney Fort Blvd (below the dam.) The latter gauge should be reflective of actual flow on the whitewater stretch of the creek, but the flow range for best whitewater is unknown. Beta from paddlers needed.
Permits are not required for this reach.
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